California Assembly Passes UAV Bill

The California Assembly has signed off on a bill that limits unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) usage by law enforcement and public agencies.

The bill was sponsored by Assembly members Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo; Steven Bradford, D-Gardena; and Bill Quirk, D-Hayward. It ‘would require public agencies to destroy data collected by [UAVs] within six months and would ban the weaponization of [UAVs] in California,’ according to an article by the Los Angeles Times.

In addition, the bill mandates that law enforcement officials acquire a warrant to use a UAV, ‘except in certain emergency situations.’

The bill had overwhelming support in the California Assembly and now heads to the state Senate.

The full article is available here.

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