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Lawmakers advance bill to regulate third-party food delivery services like DoorDash

Indiana Republican Representative Robb Greene speaks at a committee hearing. Green is a White man, bald, with a dark beard.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Rep. Robb Greene (R-Shelbyville) said his legislation seeks to curb the "most deceptive, egregious business practice" that third-party food delivery services engage in.

Third-party food delivery services such as DoorDash and Uber Eats could no longer include restaurants on their platforms if the restaurants don’t agree to it under a bill headed to the Indiana House floor.

The measure, HB 1279, requires food delivery services to get written agreement from restaurants before including them on their websites or apps.

Mike O’Donnell operates a couple dozen restaurants across Indiana. He said he had to repeatedly fight DoorDash to take one of his locations off their platform.

“We want to control our food and we can’t control it if we put it in somebody else’s hands,” O'Donnell said.

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O’Donnell said there are concerns about quality and food safety.

Under the bill, restaurants could sue third-party delivery services if they sell without permission. And Rep. Robb Greene (R-Shelbyville), the bill’s author, said those services could have to pay up to $50,000 per unauthorized order.

“Making the third parties think twice about wanting to overstep the bounds here,” Greene said.

No one representing third-party food delivery services testified across two committee hearings.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.