A California bill that would have banned drones from flying over private property was shot down this week by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill, proposed by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, would’ve prohibited drone operators from flying drones lower than 350 feet above private property, deeming the area a “no-fly zone.”
Despite the bill passing through both the State Assembly and state Senate last month, Governor Jerry Brown sent bill SB-142 back without his signature, citing that though the proposed legislation is “well-intentioned,” passing the bill “could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action.”
Sen. Jackson responded on her Facebook page, “I am obviously disappointed that the Governor vetoed my drone privacy legislation, SB 142, but pleased the bill launched an important discussion on our privacy and private property rights and drones.”
Not everyone is disappointed in the bill’s demise; the vice preseident of policy and legal affiars for DJI called it a “huge victory for drone innovation,” on his Twitter page.
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