With overwhelming bipartisan support, Assembly Bill 1327 (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) passed 63-6 in the California Assembly, moving it to the State Senate for consideration.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s “Modernization and Reform Act of 2012”, provides for the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015. Not unlike other states, California is hustling to establish laws to manage safety and privacy associated with the onslaught of drone deployments.
The California bill specifies that:
– All data which is collected by public drones would need to be destroyed within six month.
– The “weaponization” of drones would be illegal.
– Law enforcement would generally be required to obtain a warrant to use a drone.
– A warrant would not be necessary in certain emergency situations such as search and rescue.