July 22, 2017

Florida Governor Rick Scott signs Uber/Lyft bill into law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – In an expected move, Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law CS/HB 221, known as the "Uber/Lyft Bill" which makes requirements for ride-sharing services uniform throughout the state.

The bill will override the patchwork of local laws throughout the state for things like background checks and insurance requirements.

"I’m proud to sign this legislation today to make it easier for ridesharing companies to thrive in Florida and help ensure the safety of our families," said Scott, "Florida is one of the most business-friendly states in the nation because of our efforts to reduce burdensome regulations and encourage innovation and job creation across all industries, including transportation. I look forward to seeing the continued growth of ridesharing companies in our state.”

"This legislation will ensure the innovative ridesharing network across Florida continues to thrive. Helping Florida businesses grow is critical to our economy, and this bill will also empower workers across the state to work when and where they want to meet the needs of their families," said Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Under the new law, minimum insurance levels of $50,000 are set for death and bodily injury per person, $100,000 for […]

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