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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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Bob Buckhorn, others call Hillsborough PTC to reject rules that Uber, Lyft say could drive them out

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Two days before the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission looks to approve new regulations that representatives from ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft say could compel them to leave town, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and others in Hillsborough County’s business community had a simple message for them on Monday: Don’t do it. Specifically, they warned the agency not to approve new regulations approved by a subcommittee of the PTC last week that include a $7 minimum fare and a seven-minute wait time for…

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Email Insights: Taxicab Association calls on Jeff Brandes to ‘respect the legislative process’

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The Florida Taxicab Association is calling on Sen. Jeff Brandes to withdrawn a pro-Uber amendment and “respect the legislative process.” In an email Thursday, the association said Brandes has pushed “model legislation” written by the ride-sharing company Uber “as a solution for any regulatory impediment the company may encounter in Florida now or in the future.” “Uber’s ‘model legislation,’ which passed the House earlier this session (HB 509), lets them off the hook from a number of regulatory measures that…

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Email insights: Taxi association ad targets Uber, Lyft for “lax background checks”

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The Florida Taxicab Association announced in a Monday email that it had released its second ad attacking ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft for their “lax driver background check procedures.” “The release comes just hours after a bombshell news report by BuzzFeed that leaked internal documents from Uber show the company may have over 6,000 rape complaints, 5,827 sexual assault complaints and a policy that advises customer service reps handling non-consensual sexual contact cases to ‘determine media interest’ before taking more serious action,” the email states.…

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Taxi group: Survey says, regulate Uber

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The Florida Taxicab Association issued another broadside against Uber on Tuesday, this time focusing on a new University of South Florida-Nielsen poll that suggests most Floridians are in favor of legal restrictions on so-called transportation network companies. According to the new poll released Tuesday, 89 percent of Floridians believe ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft “should be required to have liability insurance as is required by current state law.” The level of insurance TNCs must carry has been a major sticking point between them and both Florida…

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Ron Book’s shop hauls in over $2 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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The lobbying practice led by longtime Adams Street fixture Ron Book continued to net some of the largest earnings figures in all of Florida lobbying last quarter: His firm took in $2,015,000 in lobbying fees, according to estimates based on a compensation report submitted Tuesday. The Ronald L. Book PA firm led by its namesake had a legislative client list that counted 97 interests and accounted for some $1.73 million in lobbying fees. Book’s executive practice — still larger than most firms by itself —…

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The week ahead in the Florida Legislature

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This week in Florida Politics we shall seek clarity. By week’s end we will know about the House and Senate’s competing budget proposals, how Rob Bradley intends to solve the Charlotte’s Web mystery and whether service in the Confederate Army is Hall of Fame material. The highlight of a busy week comes Wednesday when both the Senate Appropriations and the House Appropriations committees will work on their respective budget proposals. The House’s opening bid is $76.2 billion and the Senate’s…

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