Scheduled for Full Committee Markup
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 21, 2017 – On July 19, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protections held a hearing on a bill to advance the testing and deployment of highly automated vehicles. Following the consideration of several proposed, ultimately withdrawn, amendments, the subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote.
Although some members voiced concern about the withdrawn amendments, which were about access to rural areas, cybersecurity and privacy, Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta, R-Ohio, granted that there would be an opportunity to address these issues in the full committee. The consensus was bipartisan agreement and a commitment to keep safety as the primary objective of any automated vehicle legislation. The bill is slated for a full committee markup next week.
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