It took just seconds for the Florida House to vote unanimously to overrule local governments' regulation of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.
By a unanimous vote Wednesday, the chamber approved the bill (HB 221), which sets statewide requirements for insurance and background checks on those companies. There was no debate, nor were there significant opening or closing remarks by the bill's sponsor, Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor.
Significantly, the bill also prevents local goverments from passing their own regulations on these companies or instituting bans in their jurisdictions. That has been a cause for conflict in past years, but the unanimous vote Wednesday signals it no longer is -- at least in the Florida House.
The Senate version of the bill still has to be approved by the Rules Committee.
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