Governor Scott Signs Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Bill Into Law

Florida Governor Rick Scott today removed a major road block to ridesharing technologies by signing into law a Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed bill that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for Floridians and the 112+ million annual visitors to Florida.

Sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R- St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), HB 221 creates consistent and responsible statewide regulations for transportation network companies. By setting reasonable insurance standards, the newly signed law not only helps ensure safety for riders and the public in general, it encourages innovation in the growing ridesharing sector – and the jobs and economic activity they bring with them – to move to Florida.

Why It Matters

Florida Chamber Foundation research shows that by 2030, Florida’s population will grow to approximately 26 million, an addition of six million new residents. Long-term forecasts predict Florida will have more than 160 million annual visitors by 2025. Consistent regulations like those provided by the passage of this bill are an important step toward ensuring Florida’s transportation infrastructure can accommodate population growth and help the state remain economically competitive well into the future.

 

“The Florida Chamber thanks the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott for sending a strong signal to innovative companies that they are welcome in Florida,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Innovation leads to economic development and competition, and statewide access to ridesharing increases transportation options in our communities and transforms the way they move and do business.”

Lawmakers Pass Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Legislation

Florida lawmakers today removed a major road block to ridesharing technologies by passing Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed legislation that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for Floridians and the 112+ million annual visitors to Florida.

“Today’s passage of meaningful ridesharing legislation is a victory for the business community and a strong signal to innovative companies that they are welcome in Florida,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber of Commerce knows first-hand that innovation leads to economic development and competition. Statewide access to ridesharing increases transportation options in our communities and transforms the way they move and do business.”

 

Sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), HB 221 establishes consistent and responsible statewide regulations for transportation network companies. By setting reasonable insurance standards, the bill not only helps ensure safety for riders and the public in general, it encourages innovation in the growing ridesharing sector – and the jobs and economic activity they bring with them – to move to Florida.

Florida Chamber Foundation research shows that by 2030, Florida’s population will grow to approximately 26 million, an addition of six million new residents. Long-term forecasts predict Florida will have more than 160 million annual visitors by 2025. Consistent regulations like those provided by the passage of this bill are an important step toward ensuring Florida’s transportation infrastructure can accommodate population growth and help the state remain economically competitive well into the future.

“The Florida Chamber congratulates lawmakers, as well as our Transportation Network Company partners Uber and Lyft for helping to make Florida more competitive,” HART said.

What’s Next?

HB 221 now travels to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

Lawmakers Lift Major Road Block And Pass Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Legislation

TALLAHASSEE (April 19, 2017) – Florida lawmakers today removed a major road block to ridesharing technologies by passing Florida Chamber of Commerce-backed legislation that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for Floridians and the 112+ million annual visitors to Florida.

 

“Today’s passage of meaningful ridesharing legislation is a victory for the business community and a strong signal to innovative companies that they are welcome in Florida,” said DAVID HART, Executive Vice President for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber of Commerce knows first-hand that innovation leads to economic development and competition. Statewide access to ridesharing increases transportation options in our communities and transforms the way they move and do business.”

 

Sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), HB 221 establishes consistent and responsible statewide regulations for transportation network companies. By setting reasonable insurance standards, the bill not only helps ensure safety for riders and the public in general, it encourages innovation in the growing ridesharing sector – and the jobs and economic activity they bring with them – to move to Florida.

Florida Chamber Foundation research shows that by 2030, Florida’s population will grow to approximately 26 million, an addition of six million new residents, and long-term forecasts predict Florida will have more than 160 million annual visitors by 2025. Consistent regulations like those provided by the passage of this bill are an important step toward ensuring Florida’s transportation infrastructure can accommodate population growth and help the state remain economically competitive well into the future.

 

“The Florida Chamber congratulates lawmakers, as well as our Transportation Network Company partners Uber and Lyft for helping to make Florida more competitive,” HART said.

 

HB 221 now travels to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

 

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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).

Interested in Joining the Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition?

Learn more about the coalition or where the Florida Chamber stands on ridesharing and other transportation issues, click here or contact me at fwalker@flchamber.com.

Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Bill Passes Subcommittee

Today the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee passed a Florida Chamber-backed bill that would allow ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber to continuing growing in Florida.

HB 221, sponsored by Representatives Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater) and James Grant (R-Tampa), passed 14-1. The bill would establish a consistent and responsible statewide regulatory framework for these innovative technology companies, allowing them to meet increasing consumer demand while ensuring public safety and helping diversify Florida’s economy.

The Florida Chamber will continue to monitor the progress of HB 221. Click here to learn more about the Florida Chamber’s 2017 Competitiveness Agenda and how we’re working to secure Florida’s position as the nation’s top business climate.

What’s Next For The Bill?

Capitol Update: Ridesharing

As the Florida Legislature gathered for its first week of committee meetings for the New Year, the Florida Chamber was honored to stand with Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater) in support of growing our innovation economy and furthering Florida’s competitiveness. Senator Brandes and Representative Sprowls are sponsoring legislation (SB 340 and HB 221) which provides a statewide regulatory framework that will allow Transportation Network Companies, like Lyft and Uber, to grow and meet rising consumer demand while protecting public safety.

The Florida Chambers stands with our members, Lyft and Uber, at a press conference earlier this week urging lawmakers to do what 37 other states have already done – pass a statewide ridesharing law.
The Florida Chamber will continue to provide you with regular updates on this and other important regulatory issues.

Learn More

This week, the Florida Chamber released its 2017 Competitiveness Agenda, which outlines our specific policy positions on innovation, transportation and more. Click here to learn more.

Press Conference Urging Hillsborough PTC to Vote Down Anti-Ridesharing Regulations

In case you missed it, a news release distributed by the city of Tampa, Lyft and Uber on September 12, 2016.

Tampa Mayor Buckhorn, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Business Leaders, Uber and Lyft Urge Hillsborough PTC to Vote Down Anti-Ridesharing Regulations

PTC Vote to be held Wednesday, September 14

(Tampa, Fla.) – Today at a press conference City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce Christopher Emmanuel, Tampa Bay’s top business and community leaders and organizations, Uber and Lyft urged the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission (PTC) to vote down anti-ridesharing regulations and ensure all Tampa Bay residents have access to safe and reliable transportation options.

Businesses and community leaders who attended the press conference included, Absolute Mobile Solutions, Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Elevate Tampa Bay, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mainsail Lodging & Development, ROI Commercial Property Brokerage, Suncoast Community Health Centers, Tampa Bay WaVE, Tampa Innovation Alliance, THUZI, Tribridge, the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, and others.

“Ridesharing has become a top option for young and old alike to navigate the City of Tampa,” said City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Both Uber and Lyft increase safe mobility options while empowering entrepreneurs to take charge of their economic futures. Our city deserves to have every transportation option available and that includes ridesharing.”

 

“Tampa Bay must compete in the 21st marketplace and to do so our community needs to support a free enterprise system that empowers consumers with choice and strengthens our economy,” said Christopher Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Hillsborough County’s regulatory environment should welcome ridesharing’s contribution to the economy and the residents and visitors.”

 

“We are proud to have the support of Tampa Mayor Buckhorn, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Tampa Bay business and community leaders,” said Tom Maguire, General Manager for Uber in Tampa Bay. “It’s clear that Hillsborough County wants ridesharing to stay in this community. It’s time for the PTC to make the right decision for Hillsborough County.”

 

“Thank you to Mayor Buckhorn and the entire Tampa Bay community for your ongoing support of ridesharing,” said Tim Alborg, Lyft’s Public Policy Manager. “We will continue fighting for people in Hillsborough County to have access to modern and affordable transportation options like Lyft.”

 

The PTC Rules and Policy Committee voted on September 6, 2016 to advance regulations that clearly favor special interests over the will of Hillsborough County residents. The full committee will vote on the regulations on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. These regulations are anti-competitive, clearly favor one business over another, and ignore the most important part of modern transportation: the consumers.

 

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