Louisiana Senate agrees on statewide rules for ride sharing services

Don Ames
June 02, 2019 - 8:53 am

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After years of trying, the state Senate has finally passed regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, to expand the services' availability.

In the past, similar measures have repeatedly failed in the Senate.

The successful agreement is largely due to pressure from lawmakers in regions without the transportation networks that also lack widespread taxi service.

The Saturday vote was 34-1, as one senator warned of legal challenges to the regulatory structure.

Republican Sen. Danny Martiny said Louisiana's constitution requires the services to fall under the Public Service Commission, not the state transportation department.

Supporters argued that 44 other states have statewide rules regulating Uber and Lyft operations.

The bill needs one more House vote for final passage.

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