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Fox drone bill gets Assembly approval

Posted: April 18, 2013 3:22 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2013 3:22 p.m.

By a wide margin, members of the state Assembly voted today to approve a bill that would require California to apply for designation as a testing site for unmanned aviation systems, also known as drones.

The bill, Assembly Bill 737, was passed by a final margin of 63 to 1.

AB 737 was sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale. Fox previously told The Signal that the legislation was his major focus for this legislative session.

Fox has repeatedly said the drone-testing designation would bring new jobs into the state.

“Unmanned aviation systems are the next big technological development for California’s aerospace industry,” Fox said in a news release. “This small investment in our future could result in thousands of new jobs and positive, sustainable economic growth.”

“This was a good day for California.”

From here, the bill will head to the state Senate for a confirmation process.
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