Ride Hailing Measure Passes Georgia House by Huge Margin

Posted at 10:19 PM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 18:25:06-04

ATLANTA (AP) — Car hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft would be allowed to continue operating in Georgia under a complex bill headed to the state Senate.

A bill on ride hailing services passed the state House by a large margin on Wednesday, but could still run into trouble in the Senate.

Uber and other companies that use apps to connect drivers with riders have become popular nationwide, but have run into skeptical lawmakers.

State Rep. Alan Powell says his bill will deregulate limos, taxis and other car services in Georgia, including Uber and Lyft. A few weeks ago Uber and its allies accused him of trying to run them out of the state.

Opponents have worried that Uber and similar companies could hurt the business of taxi companies and limousines.

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