Colorado legislators have sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper a bill that would put the state at the forefront of regulating self-driving cars.

Senate Bill 213, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs and Democratic Sen. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City, acknowledges the existence of autonomous vehicles on state roadways, declares their regulation a matter of statewide concern and requires such cars and trucks to conform to every state and federal law of driving.

After a conference committee worked out a small difference in the House and Senate versions of the bill Monday, both chambers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday — by margins of 60-4 in the House and 33-2 in the Senate — to approve the final version and move it to the Democratic governor.

While Hickenlooper has not said definitively that he will sign the bill, but he has described it as an effort to keep up with the evolution of the automotive industry, much like cities and counties began to regulate elevators without operators around the start of the 20th century.

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