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House advances bill for statewide ride-sharing regulations

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A Florida House committee advanced a bill Wednesday to implement statewide regulations on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Sponsored by Republicans Chris Sprowls of Palm Harbor and Jamie Grant of Tampa, HB 221 addresses issues that have been vexing state lawmakers for the last three Sessions. If passed, drivers would need to carry insurance coverage worth $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person, $100,000 for death and bodily injury per incident and $25,000 for property damage when picking up passengers. Coverage would…

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Uber, Airbnb insurance requirements approved by Senate panel

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A bill creating insurance requirements for short-term rental and transportation network companies — bywords for industry leaders Airbnb and Uber, respectively — passed the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee this afternoon, though not without an airing of grievances about some practices within the “disruptive” ridesharing business. Altamonte state Sen. David Simmons, an influential member of the Republican majority known for his policy chops, introduced the bill back in late February, which aims to clarify one of the murkiest issues of the sharing…

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