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Proposed drone ordinance for West Lafayette is no more

A proposed drone ordinance for the city of West Lafayette is now dead.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 11:50 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A proposed drone ordinance for the city of West Lafayette is now dead.

Back at an August city council meeting, there was a proposed ordinance that would implement new regulations for drones. The council tabled it after receiving backlash from drone enthusiasts. City leaders then met with those enthusiasts with the hopes of drafting a new ordinance that would work for everyone.

Now, Councilman Steve Dietrich said the ordinance is no more.

He said state statutes and recent case decisions were factors in the decision.

"Some of what we were trying to do wasn't possible or was already being covered. So, rather than just have an empty ordinance out there, we decided to pull it and just go ahead and make it null and void," said Dietrich.

Dietrich said the city met with around 30 drone owners and operators throughout this process, including students and professionals.

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