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AB-2724 Unmanned aircraft.(2015-2016)

As Amends the Law Today


 Part 7 (commencing with Section 9570) is added to Division 4 of the Civil Code, to read:

PART 7. Unmanned Aircraft

 This part shall be known and may be cited as the Drone Registration Omnibus Negligence Prevention Enactment (DRONE) Act.
 As used in this part, “unmanned aircraft” means an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.
 (a) A person who manufactures an unmanned aircraft for sale in this state shall include with the unmanned aircraft both of the following:
(1) A link to the Federal Aviation Administration Internet Web site containing safety regulations or best practices applicable to unmanned aircraft.
(2) If the unmanned aircraft is required to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, a notification of that requirement and a link to the Federal Aviation Administration registration Internet Web site.
(b) Unless preempted by federal law, an unmanned aircraft equipped with global positioning satellite mapping capabilities shall also be equipped with geofencing technological capabilities that prohibit the unmanned aircraft from flying within any area prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
 (a) The owner of an unmanned aircraft shall procure adequate protection against liability imposed by law on owners of unmanned aircraft, including the payment of damages for personal bodily injuries and death, and for property damage, resulting from the operation of the unmanned aircraft.
(b) The Department of Insurance, in consultation with the Department of Transportation, shall set the amount of liability protection that is adequate.
(c) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2020.
 This part does not apply to an unmanned aircraft operated pursuant to a current exemption, Certificates of Waiver or Authorization issued pursuant to Section 333 or 334 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-95 (Feb. 12, 2014) 126 Stat. 11, 75-76), or other commercial operator authorization granted by the Federal Aviation Administration.
 The provisions of this part are severable. If any provision of this part or its application is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.