Update: Governor vetoes California drone bill

September 3, 2015 06:00

UPDATE: Governor Brown has vetoed the bill, saying the measure goes too far in its restrictions.

RTDNA, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and a coalition of other journalism groups have sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to veto a bill that would make it nearly impossible for newsrooms to use drones for newsgathering.

Known as California Senate Bill 142, the measure would sharply curtail drone use by imposing technological requirements the groups say would be "impossible to comply with, impossible to enforce, and likely will conflict with the existing authority and proposed new regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration."

The bill, which was originally intended to address privacy concerns, was passed with amendments that could get journalists sued if a drone they were using flew over any property without the owner's permission, and puts tight restrictions on the altitude of drone operations.

The letter concludes by calling for the governor to veto the bill and allow the federal rulemaking process to continue.

Read the letter in full here.