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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 56 (Quirk) - Unmanned aircraft systems
          
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          |Version: July 16, 2015          |Policy Vote: PUB. S. 4 - 2,     |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: Yes                    |
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          |Hearing Date: August 27, 2015   |Consultant: Jolie Onodera       |
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          *********** ANALYSIS ADDENDUM - SUSPENSE FILE ***********
             The following information is revised to reflect amendments 
                     adopted by the committee on August 27, 2015


          Bill  
          Summary:  AB 56 would establish procedural and privacy  
          protection standards under which a law enforcement agency may  
          use, obtain, or use information from, an unmanned aircraft  
          system (UAS), as specified. 


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
           Significant one-time and ongoing non-reimbursable local law  
            enforcement agency costs (Local Funds) to adhere to the  
            standards and protections provided for under this measure  
            including but not limited to the development of policies,  
            procedures, training, data security, collection, and  
            retention, and public access.
           One-time and ongoing potentially significant future cost  
            pressure (General Fund/Special Fund) to the extent UAS are  







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            utilized in the future by state agencies including but not  
            limited to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the California  
            Highway Patrol (CHP), and the Department of Fish and Wildlife  
            (DFW).


          Committee  
          Amendments:  Revise the provisions related to a private right of  
          action and narrow the definition of "law enforcement agency" as  
          follows:
          (1)Law enforcement agency" means the Attorney General, each  
            district attorney, and each agency of the state or political  
            subdivision of the state authorized by statute to investigate  
            or prosecute law violators  and that employs peace officers  . 
           (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a public agency with a core  
          mission to protect an environmental resource is not a law  
          enforcement agency for the purposes of this title when they are  
          performing acts directly connected to the agency's core mission.



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