Jerry Brown Shoots Down Drone Privacy Bill
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY Brown vetoed a bill that would have prohibited people from flying drones lower than 350 feet above private property without permission.
Senate Bill 142, proposed by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, was meant to address growing privacy regarding drones. But the governor said he believed the legislation could have had unintendended consequences.
“Drone technology certainly raises novel issues that merit careful examination,” Brown, also a Democrat, wrote in his veto letter to the Senate. “This bill, however, while well-intentioned, could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action.”
Jackson responed to the governor’s decision on Facebook.
“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,” she wrote.
The drone industry, meanwhile, is celebrating. Brendan Schulman, the vice president of policy and legal affairs for drone maker DJI, called the veto “a huge victory for drone innovation.”