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Tom Lee quietly files unfriendly amendment affecting Uber, Lyft

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State Sen. Tom Lee on Wednesday filed an amendment for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles bill that would regulate the operations of ridebooking services like Uber and Lyft. The language would prohibit local governments and governmental bodies, including airport authorities, from cutting deal with “transportation network companies” (TNCs) to operate exclusively in their jurisdictions. The amendment for the bill (HB 545) also prohibits agreements “that provides disparate treatment” to any TNC. The prohibitions wouldn’t “apply to contracts existing…

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Rick Scott says he will sign ‘Uber bill’

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Gov. Rick Scott tweeted on Monday that he will sign into law a bill creating statewide regulations for ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft. “I look forward to signing the @Uber/ @lyft bill,” Scott tweeted from his official account, @FLGovScott. Colin Tooze, Uber’s director of public affairs, tweeted back, “Many thanks for your leadership, @FLGovScott ! All of us at @Uber are excited to have a permanent home in the Sunshine State.” Lawmakers had considered legislation for four years before passing a bill…

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Legislation covering Uber, Lyft filed for 2017

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Online car services such as Uber and Lyft got a preliminary win in Florida after favorable legislation was filed Wednesday in the Legislature. The bills (SB 340 and HB 221), which would apply to ridebooking companies like Uber and Lyft, combine parts of previous measures that have been introduced but not passed over the last few years. Still, “transportation network companies,” or TNCs, pretty much got what they wanted, including a provision for driver background checks that don’t require fingerprints, which are more expensive…

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Why are so many people trying to stand in the way of innovation?

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If all forms of innovation were stifled, this website wouldn’t exist (and yes, there are probably some folks who are thinking “if only …”). The latest target for these head-in-the-sand Luddites is ride-sharing, in the form of companies like Uber and Lyft. Ride-sharing is not just inevitable — it’s real, and it’s here to stay. Yet, like the buggy whip manufacturers who tried to convince themselves that automobiles were just a passing fancy, the taxicab industry is doing everything it can to deny the…

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Uber legislation finally flames out

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A compromise between Republican lawmakers and ride-hailing firms like Uber was on thin ice Friday afternoon as Session raced to a close, until finally, the bill hit a brick wall. Sen. David Simmons, the Senate Rules Chair, had worked on the bill (SB 1118) for months. It would have mandated minimum commercial insurance requirements for drivers with Uber and similar app-based companies, known as “transportation network companies” in Capitol-ese. The House — which favors a more Uber-friendly approach — passed its own bill (HB 509) last…

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Uber delivers to Andy Gardiner thousands of pro-ridesharing petition signatures

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A representative for Uber personally delivered what he said was 32,588 petitions to Senate President Andy Gardiner on Thursday morning, continuing the intensifying fight between Senate leadership and the ride-hailing industry over insurance regulations and the preemption of local ordinances. The two parties are locked in a heated debated over whether the Senate should vote on a House-approved pro-“ridesharing” plan sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, or whether to take up a more modest bill that would settle outstanding sticking points on insurance crafted by Senate…

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Uber says ride-hailing is helping to reduce DUIs

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The ride-hailing firm Uber held a press conference on Monday with two Florida officials to talk about their services are “changing the mindset” of Floridians in terms of how they get home after a night out. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo and Miami Gardens Sen. Oscar Braynon joined with Uber Trust and Safety Lead Amanda DeSantis, who presented research Uber conducted which shows a correlation between peak rider times – generally around the closing times of bars and late on weekends – and dangerous times for drivers.…

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