Key manufacturing drone bill stalls in Assembly privacy committee

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 24, 2016 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Tuesday, June 21st, the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee voted down a “Key Manufacturing Vote” bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) that would have created the first State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act. SB 868 would have established conditions for operating remote piloted aircrafts, including the procurement of liability insurance. It also would have authorized the Department of Transportation to adopt rules and regulations governing the conditions that remote piloted aircrafts could be operated.

However, CMTA was opposed to the legislation and expressed strong concerns with the bill. We believe the proposed rules would have deterred innovation and investment in California by imposing technology-specific criminal offenses and penalties and the heavy regulatory burden of liability insurance. Additionally, another complication arose from Congress which granted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the authority to create rules and regulations for all national airspace. With federal preemption at the helm, new overlapping and overarching laws would have created more confusion and burdens for all drone operators.

Prior to Tuesday’s hearing, earlier in the morning, the FAA released its newest laws with regards to drones in national airspace. 

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