I am glad to publish the following letter that AUVSI sent to it’s California members inviting them to take action in regard to Assembly Bill 1327. You can take action too, even if you are not a member!
From: Mario Mairena
Date:08/12/2014 12:20 PM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: AB 1327, Adversely Affecting UAS
Dear California AUVSI Member:
As you know, Assembly Bill 1327 is moving expeditiously through the general assembly. AB 1327 was introduced by Reps. Jeff Gorell (R-44th), Steven Bradford (D-62nd) and Bill Quirk (D-20th). This bill regulates the use of unmanned aircraft systems by public agencies and the dissemination and use of any images, data and footage obtained by those systems. AB 1327 was passed by the House on January 29 by a 63-6 vote and on July 1 was read a second time and was ordered to a third reading in the Senate.
AUVSI’s position is that as it is currently written, AB1327 would fundamentally change current search warrant requirements used by law enforcement, which have been established by decades of U.S. Supreme Court case precedent, and they would treat manned and unmanned aircraft differently, although they are capable of gathering the same data.
To date, AB 1327 is supported by the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 535 and the San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board. The bill is opposed by California Police Chiefs Association, California Sheriffs’ Association and the Los Angeles District Attorneys Association.
We are asking you to write to your elected officials and plead them to oppose AB1327. Attached is a template letter and messaging documents that will strengthen your case with state elected officials regarding AB1327. Additionally, below is information that will ensure your message will reach the appropriate state elected official:
1. You can click on this link to find your state Representative: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
2. You can click on this link to find your state Senator: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
3. Please send a copy of your letter to Rep. Jeff Gorell at the following address:
Rep. Jeff Gorell
P.O. Box 942849, Room 6031
Sacramento, CA 94249-0044
4. Also, please send a copy of your letter to Governor Jerry Brown to the following address:
The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please notify me via email after you have submitted your letters to your elected officials and thank you for your active involvement in this grassroots effort.
Mario D. Mairena
Senior Government Relations Manager
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
+1 571 255 7783 direct
+1 703 220 1536 mobile
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