In a comprehensive bill introduced this week, California stae Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson seeks to limit the use of drones near both private and public property. “We want to create a seamless set of rules and a framework, so people know what they can and cannot do with drones,” the Santa Barbara Democrat said Wednesday.
The legislation would limit drone use within 500 feet of bridges, power plants, hospitals, water delivery systems, oil refineries and the state Capitol without permission. It also would restrict flying within 5 miles of an airport and over state parks.
The Federal Aviation Administration has raised concerns over state and local governments’ attempts to regulate drones. The agency said in a document published last month that a “patchwork quilt” of differing restrictions could severely limit its ability to control airspace and flight patterns.
Jackson, though, saw no chance for interference with the FAA. “The FAA controls portions of the airspace, but lower elevations are still left to the authority of state and local jurisdictions” she said. She added that the bill was written to work in conjunction with the agency’s rules.
Guess she didn’t get the memo… or care. The phrase herding cats comes to mind.