A bill setting a statewide regulatory framework for ridesharing is heading to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s desk as passing a vote from the State Senate on Wednesday afternoon.
The vote was nearly unanimous passing with 36 Senators in favor and just one in opposition. It passed a house vote earlier this month.
The legislation puts in place insurance and safety requirements that would allow drivers to operate in compliance. Last year a similar bill died in the Senate after it was opposed by the leadership. Taxi companies have also fought efforts regulate ridesharing bills and ordinances in the past.
“We’re grateful to Sen. Brandes, Rep. Chris Sprowls, and Rep. Jamie Grant for their commitment to carrying ridesharing legislation over the finish line, and for the consistent leadership shown by Gov. Scott, President Negron, and Speaker Corcoran,” said Uber Public Affairs Director Colin Tooze. “The most exciting opportunities are yet to come, as millions of Florida residents and visitors, from Pensacola to Key West, will have permanent access to Uber.”