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Watered-down drone limits fail in Legislature

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Posted at 7:44 AM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 10:03:25-05

Drone limits keep going down faster than a paper airplane in the Colorado Legislature.

A House committee voted Tuesday to kill Colorado's third annual attempt to place limits on private drones.

The bill was watered down to ban only drones used to deliver contraband to prisons. But opponents pointed out that prison contraband delivery is already a crime by any means, and that even a narrowly tailored drone limit could hamper commercial development of the new technology.

The bill had Democratic and Republican sponsors and originally covered airports, too. The Democratic sponsor asked for his own bill to be defeated, though, after it became clear it wasn't going to pass.

The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that 26 states have some limits on drones.