We're keeping the pressure up on lawmakers in Salem, in the hopes of stopping Senate Bill 71 from ever becoming law. The petition launched by our friends over at Aerial Technology International has now been signed by more than 500 people. If you haven't signed it already – get on it!
Among the many people who've contacted us over the past few weeks is a hobbyist named Jonathan in Beaverton, who also happens to be an attorney. He offered his own analysis of SB 71, arguing that, if passed, it would likely be unconstitutional.
Here is what he had to say:
“It's hard to see how a law that has the potential to not just deprive a legally purchased device of all value, but makes its mere continued possession illegal, can be constitutional.”
I'm no lawyer, but that argument certainly makes sense to me... However, we need to keep working hard to make sure that this bill never becomes law in the first place. We don't want to be grounded – nor do we want to see Oregon's economic future grounded – while the courts go back and forth on this issue for the next few years.
I hope that everyone who is able attends tomorrow night's meeting of PDXDrones to hear from the AMA on this issue and join our “video petition,” describing all the positive uses we see for FPV and UAS, now and in the future. Here, once again, are the details:
6 p.m., Thursday, February 21
Urban Airship334 NW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
See you there!