Ridesharing Bill Passes the Florida House 115-0
Florida’s future depends on embracing new types of industries that use cutting edge, and sometimes disruptive, technologies to provide new services demanded by customers across the state. One such example is the rise of ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber, which provide tens of millions of trips to communities across Florida. Some local governments have limited the adoption of ridesharing services by passing a patchwork of unneeded regulations. Today, the Florida House passed the Florida Chamber-backed HB 221 by an overwhelming majority. Sponsored by Representative Chris Sprowls, this bill will provide a safe, consistent, and responsible statewide regulatory framework.
HB 221 will now be sent to the Senate, which has successfully moved the companion bill, SB 340, through two committee stops. The Senate measure is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and is co-sponsored by: Sen. Frank Artiles (R-Miami), Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Spring Hill), and Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa).
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Ridesharing is quickly becoming an important part of Florida’s economy and our state infrastructure system, so getting it right the first time is crucial for Florida’s future. If you’re interested in joining the Florida Chamber and other business and safety organizations in the Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition.
Florida Chamber of Commerce, Other Organizations Launch Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition
The Florida Chamber of Commerce, alongside other business groups, nonprofit organizations and safety organizations, launched Floridians for Ridesharing, a coalition aimed at supporting statewide regulations like background checks, insurance standards and other consumer protections for ridesharing service providers.
Florida’s future depends on diversifying our state’s economy by attracting and supporting innovations like ridesharing. Florida wins when we streamline regulations and work toward remaining globally competitive. The Florida Chamber recognizes the potential of innovative technology-based companies like Uber and Lyft, which have provided Florida’s more than 20 million residents and nearly 113 million visitors with tens of millions of rides. Companies like these diversify Florida’s economy as a whole while also boosting local economies by creating jobs or supplemental income sources for individual Floridians.
In the Legislature, both the Senate and House ridesharing bills are gaining momentum. House Bill 221, filed by Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), has passed its two committee stops and is ready for the House floor. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) has filed SB 340 with four prominent Senate co-sponsors: Sen. Frank Artiles (R-Miami), Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Spring Hill), and Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa).
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