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Parson signs Hough’s technology bill into law

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Gov. Mike Parson yesterday signed into law a technology bill sponsored by Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, concerning emerging technologies.

Senate Bill 176 is designed to put statutory definitions and operational frameworks into place for food delivery platforms and personal delivery devices, according to Parson's office.

"This new law opens the door for emerging technologies that are in their infancy," Hough said in a news release. "With this extra boost, Missouri can now show others how to utilize these innovations and bring the future to us today."

The legislation requires food delivery platforms to register with the Missouri secretary of state's office and prohibits them from using a restaurant's likeness, mark or name without agreement from the owner, according to Senate.Mo.gov.

Additionally, the bill creates rules for personal delivery devices on speed limits, as well as when and where they may operate. PDDs are ground-based delivery vehicles — essentially robots on wheels — operated remotely or autonomously.

The bill's signing was applauded by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Our Technology2030 research revealed Missouri is a top 10 state for tech job growth," chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan said in a news release. "Establishing policies that embrace emerging technologies helps us secure this advantageous position."

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