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House Bill 204

House Bill 204

Phil Haunschild
March 1, 2017

Bill Description: This bill would allow for the development of delivery robots to bring groceries, pizzas, or other products to your door.

Rating: +1

Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market? 

The purpose of the bill is to open the door to the development of personal delivery devices but also impose a regulatory framework that could hinder the growth of this industry. Section 40-2305(8), for example, states, “no personal delivery device shall operate on a sidewalk or crosswalk unless the personal delivery device operator is actively controlling or monitoring the navigation and operation of the personal delivery device.” Active monitoring could prevent the full use of these autonomous devices. (-1)

This bill would, however, would exempt these devices from titling and registration by the state, in the same way personal electric wheelchairs or mopeds are exempted. (+1)

Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments? 

Exempting these devices from registration requirements would save owners fees in the future. These devices would be required to have “a plate or marker that identifies the name and contact information of the operator of the personal delivery device and a unique identifying device number,” but the state would charge no fee for the identification. (+1)

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