In August, legislation passed both houses of the California legislature that would have banned unmanned vehicles from flying 350 feet above property without express consent of property owners. Tech groups, including those backed by Amazon and Google, which have nascent drone delivery programs, and other companies with commercial drone plans, like GoPro, opposed the legislation.
Those groups scored a win. On Wednesday evening, California's governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill.
"Drone technology certainly raises novel issues that merit careful examination," he wrote. "This bill, however, while well-intentioned, could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action."