Legislation intended to restrict drone pilots in California has been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. In a media release published on September 10, AMA Executive Director, Dave Mathewson, publically thanked the nearly 3,000 AMA members in California who wrote to the Governor and urged him to veto the legislation.
AMA STATEMENT ON CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR VETO OF SB142
MUNCIE, Ind. – Dave Mathewson, executive director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), today released the following statement on California Governor Brown’s veto of SB 142, legislation that, although unintended, would have had a detrimental impact on the aeromodeling community:
“We are thrilled with Governor Brown’s veto of SB 142. Although unintentional, this legislation would have had significant consequences for model aviation enthusiasts. We want to thank the nearly 3,000 AMA members in California who wrote to the Governor and urged him to veto the legislation. There’s no doubt Governor Brown made the right call on this one – legislators need to take a closer look at how to ensure privacy and protect the hobbyist community before passing a new law.
“AMA strongly supports protecting individual privacy and prosecuting careless and reckless behavior. But it’s also important for legislators to acknowledge, as Governor Brown has by vetoing SB 142, that placing further restrictions on the hobbyist community, which has been flying safely for 80 years, is not the way to prevent violations of privacy or instances of irresponsible flying in the future.
AMA previously expressed its concerns to Senator Jackson, sponsor of SB 142, on August 18. For a copy of the letter click here.
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The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 180,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit www.modelaircraft.org.