Anticipating the day when drones will be a routine sight in California skies, lawmakers have proposed tax breaks to encourage companies to build the unmanned aircraft in this state and restrictions to protect the public from invasions of privacy.
The Federal Aviation Administration is working on guidelines to allow the widespread flying of small drones in U.S. airspace starting in 2015, anticipating that law enforcement agencies and others may have 10,000 of the aircraft flying five years later, The Times reported recently.
Assemblymen Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) and Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) said Wednesday that they have jointly authored two bills to prepare California for the new use of the technology.
AB 1326 would provide tax exemptions for construction of new manufacturing plants and for the purchase of machinery used to manufacture the airframes and avionics of unmanned aerial vehicles. Leading drone makers include AeroVironment Inc., a Monrovia company.