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2013 Senate Bill 169: Allow driverless car testing

Public Act 231 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on February 7, 2013, to allow the operation on highways of an automated “driverless” vehicle for testing purposes, subject to narrow conditions. A human operator would have to to be present to monitor performance and intervene if necessary. Gov. Rick Snyder called for this in his 2013 State of the State address.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on February 7, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 6, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 14, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 14, 2013.
  2. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 14, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 14, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on November 14, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on December 11, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on December 11, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2013.
  4. Passed 107 to 1 in the House on December 12, 2013, to allow the operation on highways of an automated “driverless” vehicle for testing purposes, subject to a range of regulations and conditions specified in the bill. A human operator would have to to be present to monitor performance and intervene if necessary. Gov. Rick Snyder called for this in his 2013 State of the State address.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 12, 2013.
  6. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 20, 2013.

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