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Robot Delivery And Trespassing Penalties

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John Pemble / IPR
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The Iowa Capitol in the evening.

Companies like Amazon and FedEx are lobbying for autonomous personal delivery devices to start operating in residential areas of Iowa communities. The House has passed a bill allowing for these robot deliveries and now a Senate committee has modified the bill. It would allow these personal delivery devices to operate on the side of roads as well as sidewalks. The House has also passed a bill adding penalties for those who trespass and take animal, plant, or land samples from an agricultural-producing property. It also includes penalties for taking a photograph while trespassing that extends to non-agricultural property as well.

John Pemble is a reporter for IPR