Ridesharing Bill Makes It Through West Virginia House

February 17, 2016

West Virginia is a step closer to letting Uber and similar companies offer rides in the state.

The bill passed the House of Delegates by a 94-4 margin Monday. It next moves to the Senate.

The proposal would apply to Uber, Lyft and similar companies and would require companies to have a nondiscrimination policy and comply with nondiscrimination laws.

The bill would require companies to have a Division of Motor Vehicles permit, car insurance, underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy, and driver background checks.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has introduced a similar bill.

An Uber push in the GOP-led Legislature died last year. Among other issues, a pocket of House delegates opposed a provision to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender riders from discrimination.

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