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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Senate starts debate on Uber bill

The state Senate has begun debate on legislation that would create a state-wide license for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the state.

The companies, which hook up riders and drivers through smartphone apps, would be regulated by the state Department of Safety and Professional services under AB 143. The legislation would also prohibit local governments from imposing their own regulations of the company.

The Senate shot down a Dem amendment that would have eliminated the pre-emption provision. Madison's City Council three weeks ago approved an ordinance to allow the companies to operate in the city, but with stringent regulations. Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, complained Republicans used to back local control, but were bowing to a special interest.

Risser also sought to require ridesharing companies to fingerprint employees.

But Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, countered the amendment failed to recognize the drivers are not employees. They are independent contractors. He also argued the industry has changed from the old taxi model and the legislation was a matter of the government trying to catch up with the times.

"It’s a different experience, and that's what we’re doing here today," Fitzgerald said. "We’re trying to adapt to the new service and a new technology that I think is kind of changing the scene in the way that service is delivered."

Drivers for the companies are not employees but instead pay the company a fee to be a part of the digital network, and the state would not license the driver under the legislation. Ridesharing employees would not be classified in the same way as cab drivers under the bill.

Provisions in the bill include:

*requiring companies to do background checks on drivers and have them carry a $1 million insurance policy.

*imposing a zero-tolerance on drug and alcohol use by drivers.

*requiring disclosure of pricing methods.

*treating the drivers differently than taxi companies. For example, the companies wouldn’t have to provide service around the clock or in all areas of a community and could institute peak pricing.


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