Michigan Senate approves new ride-sharing rules in lame duck session

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has approved legislation that a lawmaker says would bring Uber and other ride-hailing services “into legal compliance” in a state without statewide regulations for the companies.

The bills, which were passed overwhelmingly Thursday, signal a compromise among the ride-hailing, taxi and limo industries.

They would create a statewide framework to regulate Uber and other transportation network companies, overriding agreements struck with local governments.

Republican Sen. Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights says statewide rules will create a “level playing field,” noting that taxi and limo companies have paid fees that Uber is not paying. Drivers would have to undergo annual background checks, and companies would have to review applicants’ driving history.

The House is expected to send the bills to Gov. Rick Snyder in coming weeks.

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