SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Kate Bell, Capitol Advocacy lobbyist for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and coalition lead for drone issues in California, participated in AUVSI Novus Unmanned Conference’s panel discussion on Regulations & Policy Accelerating Innovation.
In partnership with Investorfest, AUVSI Novus Unmanned brought together a premier gathering of top investors and investment-ready startups seeking early stage funding exclusively in the unmanned and autonomous space. An expert in technology policy and regulations in California, Kate Bell led the coalition to stop Senate Bill 347 (Hannah Beth Jackson), which sought to regulate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), broadly restrict operations, and called for mandatory insurance for commercial operators.
“Working together with a broad coalition of technology, business, retail, and insurance groups, we were able to defeat SB 347, which would have stifled innovation in the aerospace and UAS sectors,” said Kate Bell. “California leads the nation on consumer protection policies; as these technologies continue to emerge, the industry must work with regulators on a balanced approach that doesn’t limit the ability to provide products to consumers, while also creating reasonable policies to protect the public’s safety.”
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