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Uber blasts Andy Gardiner as being impediment in getting ride-sharing bill passed

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Will 2016 finally be the year the Florida Legislature implements rules of the road for ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft? In late January, the Florida House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill (HB 509) addressing Transportation Network Companies (TNC), but its fate in the state Senate is unknown, and officials with Uber on Tuesday blamed President Andy Gardiner’s intransigence for that holdup. “We are calling on Senator Gardiner to set his personal self-interest aside, set special interest politics aside, and follow through on…

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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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Dana Young says she’s all-in on Uber debate

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House Republican Leader Dana Young has stood aside while other lawmakers tried to suss out how to regulate hired-car outfits like Uber and Lyft. But her time on the sidelines is over, she told FloridaPolitics.com on Friday. “I will be putting all my energy into this,” said Young, who’s represented her Tampa district since 2010. She didn’t say which of the many competing policy proposals she will eventually support. Young explained that she stayed out of the debate because she was tied up…

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Andy Gardiner casting long shadow over Uber debate

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Speaker Steve Crisafulli called adoption of ridesharing legislation to recognize and regulate so-called transportation network companies like Uber “inevitable” in a pre-session talk with media. Yet for the second year in a row, a full-court press by key Republican legislators aimed at smoothing the way for ridesharing came up short. The reason why, according to sources familiar with ongoing budget talks: Crisafulli’s counterpart Senate President Andy Gardiner. Earlier this week state Sen. Joe Negron inserted a last-minute budget item into the budget  that…

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