California lawmakers approve drone trespassing crime bills

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Posted: Aug 24, 2015 8:52 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved two bills to rein in the use of drones over private property.

The Senate approved legislation Monday intended to keep paparazzi from using drones to take photographs and video over private property.

AB856 by Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon of Whittier classifies paparazzi drones above private property as an invasion of privacy. It passed unanimously and returns to the Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Assembly approved SB142 by Santa Barbara Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson to create airspace above private property. It would create a trespassing crime for operating drones within 350 feet above private property without consent.

The bill previously passed the Senate and returns there for Assembly amendments.