“I look forward to signing the @official account, @FLGovScott./ @ bill,” Scott tweeted from his
Colin Tooze, Uber’s director of public affairs, tweeted back, “Many thanks for your leadership, @! All of us at @ are excited to have a permanent home in the Sunshine State.”
Lawmakers had considered legislation for four years before passing a bill this year.
The Senate finally approved a House measure (HB 221) on a 36-1 vote, with Sen. Jack Latvala the only ‘no’ vote.
The legislation, among other things, requires Uber, Lyft and similar “transportation network companies” to carry $100,000 of insurance for bodily injury or death and $25,000 for property damage while a driver is logged into the app, but hasn’t yet secured a passenger.
When a driver gets a ride, they need to have $1 million in coverage.
The bill also requires companies to have third parties run criminal background checks on drivers. It also pre-empts local ordinances and other rules on transportation network companies, or TNCs.