CAMARILLO (CBSLA.com) — The state of California is on the verge of enacting some of the strictest standards in the nation concerning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), thanks in part to the efforts of two Southern California lawmakers.
The state Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to pass Assembly Bill 1327, a bipartisan bill co-authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) and Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) aimed at protecting the privacy rights of Californians by establishing restrictions on the use of unmanned aerial systems, also known as “drones”.
According to Gorell, AB 1327 addresses privacy concerns by implementing strict warrant requirements for law enforcement agencies looking to utilize the technology. It also mandates that public notice be given when an agency intends to use drones, requires the destruction of collected data within 6 months, and prohibits the weaponization of drones.
With an estimated 30,000 drones expected to occupy America’s skies over the next two decades, Gorell told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO federal efforts to regulate the use of UAVs must be supplemented by state legislation.