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California Lawmakers Consider Drone Rules

Jae C. Hong / AP
 

Jae C. Hong / AP

California lawmakers are once again considering rules on where and when it’s okay to fly drones. In years past the governor has vetoed several drone bills, but this time might be different.

Amateur footage on YouTube shows a drone buzzing over third base at a Padres game in San Diego last month.

“Is that even legal?” Someone in the crowd asked.

Moments later it crashes into the stands.

“Ohhh!” Gasps the crowd.

No one was hurt, and drones aren’t supposed to fly over crowds, but Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson says it’s just one example of the trouble they cause.

"We suffer from an incredible lack of regulation that has created a technological Wild West," says Jackson.

Proposals to rein in drones are often shot down amid fears of creating a state-by-state patchwork of rules. But Jackson argues lately, new federal rules seem unlikely. President Trump has made clear he wants to axe regulations, not create new ones.

Jackson’s bill has already passed the Senate, and now awaits debate in the Assembly. 

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