Supporters of the bill say it would establish some of the nation's strictest standards. Those would include a requirement for law enforcement agencies to get warrants except in certain emergencies.
Agencies would also be required to notify the public when they intended to use drones and the data collected by unmanned aircraft would be destroyed within six months. It would also be illegal for public entities to arm their drones.
The bill has bipartisan support, though it is opposed by several California law enforcement organizations, who prefer the same rules that currently apply to manned aircraft.
They object to destroying the data after six months, noting that investigations often take longer than that. The measure moves next to the state Senate.
Thousands of people in California possess guns, even though the law says they should not. Today state Senators asked the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms why that number is so high.
California Governor Jerry Brown calls climate change a "slow-rolling crisis" that must be addressed. And he’s trying to get other governments to follow California's lead in reducing carbon emissions.
California would begin automatic voter registration under a bill making its way through the state Legislature. The measure passed an Assembly committee today.
It’s shaping up to be a hot, dry summer in California. And rules governing outdoor work conditions have been modified to keep people better protected.
California depends on gas tax revenues to maintain its roads. But that revenue is declining. Now the state is looking for volunteers to try out a new funding method, but volunteering could cost you money.