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Veto Is a Victory for Drones, Innovation in California, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – September 30, 2016 – 

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of California Assembly Bill 2724, which would have restricted the flight and sales of unmanned aerial systems (UAS):

"We thank Gov. Brown for vetoing this overreaching legislation and recognizing the concerns of private and commercial drone users, manufacturers and retailers. It is critical to balance safety and innovation as the drone industry evolves. This bill, however, would have mandated duplicative safety and registration disclosures, and placed heavy insurance burdens on California drone owners.

"Our industry is committed to a coordinated policymaking process between the private and public sectors. But as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reminded state and local officials, the federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over drone safety, flight altitudes and paths, and no-fly zones. Misaligned, conflicting local rules such as AB 2724 would lead to a sloppy patchwork of mandates that restrict entrepreneurs and startups, stifle job creation and confuse professional and recreational drone users.

"Drones will change our lives for the better — providing quick delivery of supplies and medicine, enabling better crop production and efficiency and allowing for safer inspection and maintenance of our infrastructure. The drone industry will deliver as many as 18,000 jobs and more than $14 billion in economic impact to California in just 10 years, as long as an appropriate and balanced policy framework is in place."

CTA forecasts U.S. drone sales will reach record heights in 2016, topping 2.4 million units. CTA also supports the UAS safety campaign "Know Before You Fly," giving drone operators the information they need to fly safely and responsibly.

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