California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a state bill aimed at increasing citizens’ privacy protections against drone flights. The bill would have allowed property owners to file trespassing charges against drone operators who flew their unmanned aircraft less than 350 feet above their property. In a veto statement, Brown said the bill “could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial users alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action.”
RTDNA, the National Press Photographers Association and a coalition of other journalism groups have sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to veto a bill that would make it nearly impossible for newsrooms to use drones for newsgathering.