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Lawmakers approve regulations for ride-hailing services Submitted: 04/14/2015
Lawmakers approve regulations for ride-hailing services
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin lawmakers have advanced a bill that would regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

The Assembly approved the measure Tuesday on a 79-19 vote.

Regulating companies such as Uber and Lyft, which connect pedestrians with private drivers through a smartphone app, has become a hot topic as they've increased in popularity and compete with taxi and limo companies. The bill has sparked bitter debate between ride-hailing proponents and Wisconsin taxi companies.

Under the measure, the companies would have to purchase a $5,000 license, conduct driver background checks and maintain at least $1 million in liability insurance. The proposal would also prohibit drivers from discriminating against passengers because of race, religion, sex, or disability.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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