Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a number of bills that would have increased penalties for flying drones over wildfires, grade schools, and prisons in the state.
Brown cited his reluctance to create new crimes as his reason for vetoing the drone-related bills and six other un-related bills that the Los Angeles Times reports involved a variety of things: “using bullhooks to handle elephants, allowing explosions in drug labs, and removing GPS tracking devices from paroled sex offenders.”
One of the most notable drone bills that got vetoed would have increased the penalties for flying drones over wildfires in California. In recent months, several firefighting operations have had to ground aircraft used for dumping fire-retardant due to amateur drone sightings.
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