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SB-142 Civil law: unmanned aerial vehicles.(2015-2016)

Bill Status
Jackson (S)
Calderon (A)
Civil law: unmanned aerial vehicles.
An act to add Section 1708.83 to the Civil Code, and to amend Section 21012 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to civil law.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
04/20/16 Last day to consider Governors veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/09/15 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/09/15 Vetoed by the Governor.
08/28/15 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:45 p.m.
08/27/15 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 21. Noes 12. Page 2195.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 142 without my signature.

This bill would enact trespass liability for anyone flying a drone less than 350 feet above real property without the express permission of the property owner, whether or not anyone's privacy was violated by the flight.

Drone technology certainly raises novel issues that merit careful examination. This bill, however, while well-intentioned, could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action.

Before we go down that path, let's look at this more carefully.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.