New drone specific legislation in California is being proposed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and state Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin). The legislation, specifically Senate Bill 168, indemnifies any and all emergency personnel who would take action against someone’s privately owned drone.
“We don’t imagine someone shooting it out of the sky,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), one of the authors of the legislation. “Yet the existing law is insufficient to provide law enforcement that clear authority to take it down.”
Education or Legislation? What is the best solution? While I might not agree with the strategies employed by Gatto and Gaines, I can agree with Gaines on some points.
“People can replace drones but we can’t replace a life,” said Gaines in an emailed statement. “When our rescuers are risking their own lives to protect us, I want them thinking about safety, not liability.”
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is themost populous U.S. state, with 38 million people, and the third largest state by area (after Alaska and Texas). California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south. It contains the nation’s second most populous census statistical area (Greater Los Angeles Area) and the fifth most populous (San Francisco Bay Area), and eight of the nation’s 50 most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, andOakland). Sacramento has been the state capital since 1854.