Update: The Senate bill passed its last committee 10-1 Thursday in what an Uber spokeswoman called a “major milestone.”
Original Post: Uber gave a thumbs-up to a bill that passed the Florida House 115-0 Wednesday to set statewide rules for ride-sharing services, leaving approval by the Senate the next step after two years of deadlock amid concerns from taxis and local governments who would lose regulatory authority.
“Today’s vote by the Florida House of Representatives is a major step toward Florida residents and visitors having permanent access to reliable transportation options,” Kasra Moshkani, general manager for Uber South Florida, said in a statement.
HB 221 sets insurance requirements and background-check standards close to what companies like Uber and Lyft already provide, and pre-empts regulation by cities and counties. Attempts to seek comment from the Florida League of Cities and Florida Taxicab Association were not immediately successful.
“Ridesharing has changed the way residents and more than 110 million visitors travel around Florida communities,” Moshkani said. “We are encouraged by today’s vote, and the movement of Senate Bill 340, and look forward to working toward creating a permanent home for Uber in our state.”
SB 340, a similar bill, is scheduled be heard in its final committee, the Senate rules committee, on Thursday.