Lawrence will limit city’s ability to use drones

Drones (KSN File Photo)
Drones (KSN File Photo)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Lawrence city commissioners reached a compromise with a group that doesn’t want the city to use drones.

More than 20 people asked the commission Tuesday to limit the city’s ability to add drones to its vehicle fleet or police department.

The city currently has no plans to buy or use drones.

Commissioners refused to adopt a resolution banning drone purchases until the state implements statewide regulations for the devices. But they agreed to draft a statement saying city has no intention of using drones for the foreseeable future. And the city will develop a formal policy before using any drones in the future.

The proposal was supported by a Kansans for Responsible Drone Use, which believes drones could be used to violate civil rights. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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