Denham Springs is pumping the brakes on efforts to enact municipal drone regulations after a federal task force released a new report on unmanned aircraft.
City Councilman Rene Delahoussaye had planned to propose two ordinances — one to prohibit drones from flying over private property without the owner’s permission and a second to allow law enforcement to use the devices in the city but only with a court order. He aimed to bring the matter to a vote before Christmas, expecting drones will be a popular gift.
However, a task force created by the Federal Aviation Administration released a new paper Nov. 21 with recommendations for the federal government. They suggest several new regulations, including the registration of all unmanned craft of a certain size. The recommended policy would be free for operators but limit registration to operators at least 13 years old.
City attorney Stephanie Bond Hulett said after Monday’s Council meeting that she will review the new report and the impact it may have on the city’s control of unmanned craft.
Delahoussaye, meanwhile, remains concerned about privacy issues surrounding camera-equipped drones. However, he is waiting to see how the FAA will receive the new recommendations and what regulations they may enact.
Advocate staff writer Steve Hardy contributed to this report.