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Uber, Lyft regulations bill heads to governor's desk

By M. Scott Byers By M. Scott Byers
Manuel Armenta | 20 Abril, 2017, 05:55

According to San Francisco City Treasurer Jose Cisneros, roughly 37,000 drivers identified as working for ride hailing services Uber or Lyft will be receiving a letter over the next few days outlining the new requirements.

"This is largely what the industry standard is around the country", Senate sponsor Jeff Brandes, R-St.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 36-1 to approve the bill (HB 221), which already passed the House. Sen.

It now goes to Gov. Rick Scott's desk for his signature.

The Senate is discussing the bill at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Local governments won't be allowed to regulate ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft under legislation passed almost unanimously by the Florida Legislature.

The vote came after years of debate and discussions on the issue. "It doesn't need to be gridlock with local government". After complaining that the measure doesn't treat them equally, Adam McNutt, president of Laclede Cab, conceded that contracts with businesses and schools insulate his business from the competition. While proposals have cleared the House in the past, they have gotten hung up in the Senate in recent years.

During the committee process, former Sen.

Taxicab companies have fought against standardizing regulations statewide for ride-sharing companies they compete with, saying that they hold Uber and Lyft to different standards than other vehicles for hire. Ellyn Bogdanoff, lobbying on behalf of the Florida Taxicab Association, cautioned that the proposal would tie the hands of local governments.

"We now have a problem in Broward County where there are an exorbitant number of cars that are circling the airport and the seaport, and the local governments will have no opportunity to address those issues", Bogdanoff told the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.

Andy Tryba, the CEO of RideAustin - a nonprofit rideshare service that launched after Uber and Lyft left Austin - said the company respects lawmakers' ability to overrule Austin voters, but "we believe the local Austin community is the best to set local Austin rules". You can view the Terms of Use on our website.

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