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Jerry Brown vetoes bill to limit use of drones

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have limited when law enforcement agencies can use drones without obtaining warrants, his office announced Sunday.

The legislation – and Brown’s veto – comes as unmanned aerial vehicles become increasingly prevalent overhead. Proponents of Assembly Bill 1327, by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, raised concerns about privacy.

In a brief veto message, Brown said “there are undoubtedly circumstances where a warrant is appropriate” but that the bill is “too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution.”

The bill would not only have limited law enforcement agencies’ use of drones, but would also have required most data collected to be destroyed within a year.

The measure received bipartisan support in the Legislature but was opposed by groups such as the California Police Chiefs Association.

The bill was one of dozens of measures the Democratic governor announced action on Sunday.

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