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AJR-32 Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act.(2019-2020)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Joint Resolution
No. 32


Introduced by Assembly Members Gipson and Petrie-Norris
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bonta, Carrillo, Holden, and Jones-Sawyer)

February 24, 2020


Relative to the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AJR 32, as introduced, Gipson. Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act.
This measure would urge the Congress of the United States to enact federal legislation to direct the Federal Aviation Administration to adopt new helicopter safety standards in coordination with the National Transportation Safety Board, including the requirement of a terrain awareness and warning system on board all helicopters.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Every year lives are lost as a result of helicopter accidents in the United States; and
WHEREAS, A terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) assists pilots by preventing unintentional impacts with the ground; and
WHEREAS, In 2004, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that all helicopters be equipped with a TAWS; and
WHEREAS, The FAA rejected the recommendation to require the additional safety measures, thus imperiling helicopter passengers throughout the country; and
WHEREAS, On January 26, 2020, nine people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, among them being basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant; and
WHEREAS, The helicopter involved in the fatal accident was not equipped with a TAWS, an instrument that would have reduced the likelihood of such an accident occurring; now, therefore be it
Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature urges the Congress of the United States to enact federal legislation to direct the FAA to adopt new helicopter safety standards in coordination with the NTSB, including the requirement of a TAWS on board all helicopters; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, to the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States, and to the author for appropriate distribution.