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California Ridesharing Bills Stalled in Committee Where Chair Has Taxi Ties

Two California bills to ease regulation of Uber and other ridesharing companies have been bottled up for nearly a year in a committee chaired by a lawmaker whose brothers own a San Diego taxi company. But state Sen. Ben Hueso …

Washington Suit Filed over E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Dairy Festival

A school district is among the targets of a lawsuit over an E. coli outbreak linked to sickened kids who attended a dairy festival field trip in Washington. The Seattle Times reported families of six kids sickened after last year’s …

New Mexico Governor Signs Ridesharing Bill

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez arrived this week in her first Uber ride and signed a bill allowing ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft to operate in the state. The Republican governor said the measure ends the confusion over whether the companies …

California Bill Would Enable Independent Contractors to Unionize

A longshot proposal introduced this week would make California the first state to allow rideshare drivers and all other independent contractors to unionize. The legislation comes one week after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sued Seattle over the nation’s first city ordinance …

New Mexico Governor Ready to Sign Ridesharing Bill

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to sign a measure that would allow San Francisco-based ride-booking companies Uber and Lyft to operate in the state. Martinez is scheduled Wednesday to attend a signing ceremony in Albuquerque after arriving in …

Lawsuit Filed against Colorado Hospital in Stolen Painkillers Case

A lawsuit has been filed against Swedish Medical Center, alleging the Denver, Colo.-area hospital was negligent in hiring a surgery technician who put thousands of patients at risk of being exposed to HIV and hepatitis. The Denver Post reported the …

Arizona Insurance Council Now Arizona Insurance Institute

The board of directors of the Arizona Insurance Council has changed the name of its property/casualty insurance trade association. The group will now be operating as the Arizona Insurance Institute. The name change is to reflect a new direction for …

Woodruff-Sawyer Names Landucci Vice President in California

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Michael Landucci vice president and account executive of the firm’s San Francisco, Calif.-based construction practice. He has 14 years of experience and has specialized in risk management and coverage placement for mid-size and large U.S. …

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Plan Rejected by Utah Lawmakers

A proposal that would have made edible marijuana products legal in Utah for those with chronic pain has died, concluding a more than yearlong effort that was severely stunted after the Mormon church came out in opposition last month. The …

Water District in Nevada County Hit With Cyber-Attack

The Clark County Water Reclamation District in Washington has been hit with a cyber-attack but officials say operations haven’t been disrupted and no customer or employee information was hacked. The agency said in a statement this week that its computer system …

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