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AB-2724 Unmanned aircraft.(2015-2016)

Bill Status
Gatto (A)
Unmanned aircraft.
An act to add Part 7 (commencing with Section 9570) to Division 4 of the Civil Code, relating to unmanned aircraft.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/29/16 Vetoed by Governor.
09/09/16 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.
08/30/16 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 47. Noes 24. Page 6458.).
08/26/16 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 28 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/24/16 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 25. Noes 13. Page 5367.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2724 without my signature.

This bill mandates that drone hobbyists be covered by adequate liability insurance when operating drones and requires drone manufacturers to install "geo-fencing" software on drones that are equipped with global positioning satellite technology.

This bill creates significant regulatory confusion by creating a patchwork of federal, state, and local restrictions on airspace. Moreover, the Federal Aviation Administration will likely assert federal preemption on the bill's "geo-fencing" requirements. I believe it's more prudent to explore a more comprehensive approach that takes into account federal regulations on this subject. Piecemeal is not the way to go.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.