California’s Senate has passed a measure that would allow mail carriers to send and receive mail from their home.
The bill, which passed Wednesday, now goes to Gov.
Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law.
It’s the latest step by lawmakers in California to try to curb the spread of e-mail spam, which has cost Californians hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue and disrupted delivery services.
A bill approved by the Senate in 2015 also required service providers like UPS and FedEx to install cameras and GPS trackers in their facilities to track delivery routes and determine who is delivering the goods.
But those bills were later amended to require those companies to install surveillance systems.
California’s new bill would allow providers like USPS to operate in their home mailboxes with the approval of the state, but only if they also install cameras.
The bill would also require service providers with at least 100,000 parcels delivered per month to install GPS trackings and a camera in their premises to track where and when deliveries are being made.
The Senate voted 71-17 to pass the measure.
The measure is part of the ongoing efforts by lawmakers to create a nationwide system to track the delivery of goods and services and provide alerts to customers when their package arrives.
The California package tracking law, which took effect last year, is designed to help make sure mailers can deliver packages more quickly and efficiently.
A 2013 law also mandated that all delivery companies install tracking technology, and it required those companies that don’t comply to pay a $15 per month fee.
The state’s bill would require those service providers who don’t install tracking systems to install tracking equipment, but would require them to pay an additional $1 per parcel.
California would also have the option of requiring service providers that install tracking devices to install a tracking system in their homes.
The Legislature also has considered a measure requiring service companies to track all packages delivered to California, including packages that are left on pallets or in the mailboxes of residents or businesses.
But the measure failed to pass.