A Look at Federal Preemption of State Drone Laws

By: Andrew Zimmitti
– Law360

The Federal Aviation Administration’s final rule governing the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft, Part 107, took effect at the end of August 2016. In the wake of Part 107, it remains to be seen whether and to what extent state legislatures and localities will continue to propose laws and regulations that infringe upon the FAA’s statutory mandate to regulate unmanned aircraft and their operation. California’s Legislature is perhaps the most notable example of late, sending six separate bills to Gov. Jerry Brown in early September 2016 involving drones.

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