Missouri House endorses statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ An effort by Missouri lawmakers to create statewide regulations for ridesharing companies including Uber and Lyft has received initial approval in the House.

The House on Wednesday approved the measure on a voice vote. Opponents from Kansas City and St. Louis say it would remove cities’ ability to protect residents.

The measure would require background checks and insurance as well as a local license for the companies to operate. Supporters say it would ensure Uber and Lyft could operate in the state with some regulations.

Democratic Rep. Jon Carpenter of Kansas City says the proposal is an exampe of big business taking advantage of local government.

The measure would block more restrictive local regulation of the companies.

It needs final approval in the House before going to the Senate.