Bill Would Give DOJ, DHS Power to Take Action Against ‘Malicious’ UAS

The legislation would allow them to “detect, identify, monitor and track the UAS without prior consent … Applauding the newly introduced Senate bill is the Small UAV Coalition, which has released the following statement: “The Preventing Emerging …

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California governor Jerry Brown vetoes controversial bill on drone restrictions

A California bill that would have forced drones to fly at a minimum height of 350 feet (107 meters) over private property has been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown in the wake of criticism that it could have damaged the state’s drone industry and the economy at large. Senate Bill 142, had it become law, could have dealt a blow not only to hobbyists but to the aspirations of companies like Amazon …

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Model Airplane Enthusiasts Urged to Fight Anti-Drone Bill

Enthusiasts who fly model airplanes and small drones are being asked to fight a state bill that could subject weekend hobbyists to lawsuits and civil actions. The Academy of Model Aeronautics, a 79-year-old organization with 176,000 members nationwide, is urging its California members to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to veto Senate Bill 142. “While originally intended to address privacy concerns, the …

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Senate Bill Adds New Protections for Emergency Crews Against Drones

SACRAMENTO — In response to the continued drone interference in fighting wildfires, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) is introducing legislation to help protect emergency responders engaged in their work. Senate Bill 168, co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), grants immunity to any emergency responder who damages a drone in the course of firefighting, air ambulance …

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Louisiana Senate fails to pass bill regulating drones: Snapshot

At-a-Glance: The Louisiana Senate failed to pass a bill regulating use of unmanned aircrafts, known as drones. The bill: Senate Bill 330, sponsored by Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, creates the Deterrence of Reconnaissance Over Noncriminal Entities, or DRONE Act….

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Proposed drone regulations draw fire

On any given day, you can see people operating drones at Ala Moana Beach Park. Click here to watch Catherine Cruz’s story. They have even been used at surf contests on Oahu’s North Shore. But as lawmakers begin hearing proposed legislation to try and determine what is the best way to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. The first line arguments against restricting drones in Senate Bill …

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