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Utah lawmakers looking at rules for autonomous vehicles for hire

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The Capitol in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A House committee will once again look at a bill to regulate autonomous vehicles for hire when it meets Friday.

Members of the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday tabled HB414, which would require operators of autonomous vehicles for hire to have signed parental waivers and emergency contact information for riders ages 8-16 as well as have onboard monitoring capabilities and an emergency communication system.

Lawmakers were mostly supportive of the bill in the earlier hearing, but a few committee members felt the proposal could use further refinement and voiced concerns about some details.

Those concerns included questions about how the rules would be monitored and enforced, how to keep tech-savvy teenagers from gaming the system and how far lawmakers should go in directing what equipment a private company should be required to use.

Other bills of note in committee:

• Members of the Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee are considering HB264, which creates the Infant at Work Pilot Program for eligible employees to bring their infants to work.

• The House Government Operations Committee will hear SB83, which permits a political party or a candidate for public office to obtain information from a voter registration record that is classified as private as well as establishes a process for a voter to prohibit a political party or candidate from obtaining information from their registration card.

• The members of the House Government Operations Committee will also discuss HB167, which modifies the circumstances under which a defendant may plead not guilty by reason of insanity to include “intellectual disability.”

• Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee are discussing SB235, which requires a pharmacy benefit manager to distribute to a health benefit plan enrollee their rebate share from a prescription drug purchase.