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AB 1326 would give tax breaks to drone makers

Posted on April 30, 2013 by the Legislative Committee

AB 1326 (Gorell) would give tax breaks to California manufacturers of drone technology. The Peace and Freedom Party opposes this bill. The following testimony opposing this bill was given by State Central Committee member Maureen Smith in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee on April 22.

Chairman Bocanegra and Members of the Revenue and Taxation Committee:

The Peace and Freedom Party of California and the Peace and Freedom Party of Santa Cruz County strongly oppose AB 1326 as an unjustified tax revenue giveaway to drone manufacturers and related enterprises in the State of California.
Peace and Freedom Party recommends applying The Precautionary Principle (if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an act) before any drone legislation is considered. None of the drone legislation, in California or any other states, even mentions or considers safety as an issue.  
Please consider the information reported in the following documents:
2. Business Insider, June 19, 2012 These Expensive Drones  Are  Actually The Most            
   Accident Prone Aircraft  in The US Airforce
3.Drone Crash Database 
4. Congressional Research Service document, dated September 10, 2012, Bart Elias, 
    Specialist in Aviation Policy; Pilotless Drones: Background and Considerations for 
    Congress, pp 7-16
5. Nuclear UAV drones could fly for months at a time, James Holloway, April 3, 2013
6. Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct  for Drone Operations
7. The Drone Makers and Their Friends in Washington 
Respectfully Submitted,
Maureen Smith
Peace and Freedom Party
Santa Cruz County Chair
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