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Latta Introduces Legislation Supporting Contactless Delivery Services

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) introduced the Advancing Unmanned Delivery Services Act, legislation which evaluates the many benefits contactless delivery has for various segments and sectors of our country. This bill tasks the Secretary of Commerce to examine unmanned delivery services, their impact on United States businesses conducting interstate commerce, and identify potential regulatory roadblocks to the use of their services.

“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of delivering goods Americans rely on directly to their homes as safely and efficiently as possible.  Unmanned delivery services, including drones, robots, and autonomous vehicles, unleash the potential to ensure Americans can access necessities from the comfort of their living rooms, whenever they need them,” said Latta. “These smart devices offer unique opportunities to make it easier for senior citizens, people with disabilities, people who live in remote areas, or people who cannot leave their homes to get food and medications. Analyzing the potential of unmanned delivery services and identifying regulatory obstacles will facilitate the safe incorporation of these devices into our everyday lives, and ensure the United States remains a global leader in innovation.”

The Advancing Unmanned Delivery Services Act is part of a legislative package to ensure American leadership in emerging technology to beat China and to tackle other challenges to global competitiveness. For legislative text, click here.

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH05) serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee as the Republican Leader on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee where he advocates for policies that help consumers, grow the economy and spur innovation. He also serves as an active member of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, which he previously chaired, and the Energy Subcommittee.

Congressman Latta has served on all six Energy and Commerce subcommittees. The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee.

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