Archive for Monday, April 20, 2015

Brownback to take action on bill regulating Uber drivers

April 20, 2015

— Gov. Sam Brownback must decide whether to sign a bill that ride-hailing company Uber has said would drive it out of the state if it becomes law.

Monday is the last day before Brownback is required to act on the bill, which was passed in early April by the Legislature.

Uber connects drivers to riders through a mobile app. Its pool of subcontracted drivers has since grown to 700 in the state.

The Kansas bill would require some drivers for Uber and other ride-hailing companies to provide proof of broader insurance and undergo state background checks.

Will McCollum, Uber general manager for Kansas, says those requirements are unwarranted. Kansas lawmakers say they are necessary regulations for Uber's business model.

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