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          Date of Hearing:  May 4, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          1662 (Chau) - As Amended March 3, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill:










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          1)Requires the operator of any unmanned aircraft system (UAS)  
            involved in an accident resulting in injury to an individual  
            or damage to property to remain at the scene and provide their  
            name and address along with valid identification to the victim  
            and the police.


          2)Makes a violation of the above a misdemeanor, punishable by up  
            to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Potential minor nonreimbursable costs to cities and counties for  
          enforcement, offset to some extent by fine revenues.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. According to the author, there is a need for clear  
            rules to protect public safety as the use of drones increases,  
            as they have the potential to cause personal injury and  
            property damage if systems fail or operators use them  
            irresponsibly.  The author states that drones are just as  
            capable as cars are of causing personal injury and property  
            damage when they fall out of the sky or hover too close to  
            people.


          2)Related Legislation. AB 1680 (Rodriguez), pending in the  
            Assembly, makes it a misdemeanor to operate a UAS in a way  
            that interferes with first responders.  


            AB 2724 (Gatto), pending in Assembly Privacy and Consumer  
            Protection, requires UAS makers to include with the UAS a copy  
            of FAA safety regulations, and if the UAS is required to be  








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            registered with the FAA, a notice of the registration  
            requirement.  


          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081