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Drones appear on Jackson City Council’s radar

September 11, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It’s not something out of science fiction: Some Jackson City Council members are buzzing about the possibility of regulating drones.

A proposed ordinance, brought up by Councilwoman Larita Cooper-Stokes, would require the unmanned flying machines be registered with the city and possibly regulated, The Clarion-Ledger reported (http://on.thec-l.com/1COOuuQ ).

“Drones are an issue in cities across the United States, and I felt that it was important that the city of Jackson gets on the front end of this issue,” Cooper-Stokes said.

Councilman Quentin Whitwell agreed that drones have been gaining national attention, especially with concerns about privacy rights.

On Monday, the public can meet with the council to voice any concerns they may have about drones flying around the town.

“It’s a deep privacy issue,” said Councilman De’Keither Stamps. “Someone could fly over my house and look in.”

While there have not been widespread reports of drones in Mississippi’s capital city, at least one of them exists. A private school, Jackson Academy, has used a small drone to shoot video of its campus and its own football practices.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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