5 bills to watch at the Capitol this week

It was another busy day for California lawmakers trying to meet Sunday night's legislative deadline.

On Wednesday, AB1327 passed the Assembly and is now on its way to the governor's desk. The measure regulates unmanned aerial surveillance systems, also known as drones. It bans the weaponization of drones and protects Californians from having their privacy invaded by implementing strict warrant requirements for their use by law enforcement agencies.

"Drones are the future, they're going to be involved in our lives in many different ways, many positive ways for us to embrace that technology," Assembly member Jeff Gorell, (R) Camarillo, said. "It was a bipartisan bill that provides common sense framework for government use of drones as it relates to surveying human behavior."

Lawmakers spent the day tackling all sorts of bills. Here are five bills to keep an eye on this week as they work their way through the Capitol:

Plastic Bag Ban Bill

The plastic bag ban bill failed in the Assembly by three votes on Monday, but will be brought back for reconsideration on Thursday.

Groundwater Regulation Act

Legislation to manage and protect groundwater through local agencies passed the Senate on Wednesday and goes to the Assembly on Thursday.

Movie/TV Production Tax Credit

Lawmakers did strike a deal that would triple the state's film and TV tax credit program to more than $300 million a year over the next five years.

"Over the last two decades, other states have engaged in a very aggressive poaching effort to try to line away our infrastructure and our jobs," Assembly member Mike Gatto, (D) Los Angeles, said.

Proponents said this would create an incentive for production companies to stay and keep jobs in California.

Ride-sharing Insurance Bill

The Senate approved new ride-sharing insurance standards for companies like Uber and Lyft that let drivers use their own vehicles to serve customers using mobile apps. Both companies ultimately supported the bill after lawmakers agreed to drop the amount of required insurance from $500,000 to $200,000.

Gay Panic Defense Bill

Members of the Assembly approved a bill that would prevent murder defendants from reducing their charges to manslaughter by claiming they panicked after discovering their victims were gay or transgender. Current law allows a panic defense, but the bill would bar gender and sexual orientation from being the basis of the defense. The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown.

News10's Gabriel Roxas contributed to this story


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