This coming Monday, January 6, 2014, the New Jersey Assembly will meet regarding a number of bills. Most notably, A4073 will be on the agenda for a second reading. The bill prescribes a number of regulations on the use of drones by state and local agencies, including the prohibition of drones being equipped with “antipersonnel devices,” or from surveilling without a warrant in most cases. Its Senate counterpart, S2702, passed the 36-0 with 4 non-voting. A similar vote in the Assembly along with public pressure to stand firm would almost guarantee an override, should Governor Christie decide to veto the legislation. Politely, but firmly encourage the governor in advance to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
The New Jersey legislative site was not clear if the bill would be up for a vote after the second reading, but we urge all New Jerseyans to contact their Assemblypersons between now and Monday in support of the bill and urge them to vote yes if it comes up for a vote. While an e-mail or fax would not be discouraged, a phone call would be the best this close to the date of the reading, especially with the possibility of inclement weather throughout the state. A4073 provides a reasonable set of limitations on drones that would protect the liberties of those in New Jersey. Please feel free to share in the comments what sort of response you receive when you call.
Thank you for your efforts, and Happy New Year from the New Jersey Tenth Amendment Center.
Benjamin W. Mankowski, Sr. [send him email] is a blogger with the Tenth Amendment Center. He writes from New Jersey.
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