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.
Any genetically modified food product sold in California would have to come labeled as such under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Tuesday.
One of the biggest battles at the California state Capitol two years ago is back for another debate. Hunting groups want to repeal the ban on using dogs to hunt bears and bobcats.
More than 50 committee hearings, ethics training and a new special legislative session are on the docket for California lawmakers this week as they return to the Capitol following their spring break.
California health advocates want tight state oversight of health plans to ensure Medi-Cal patients get timely care under the Affordable Care Act.
Before signing an on-line agreement with or liking a company on Facebook, consumer advocates are warning customers they should read all the way to the bottom of the contract.