Michigan Legislature approves Uber, Lyft bills

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Uber and other ride-hailing services could legally operate in Michigan under a regulatory framework that has won approval in the Legislature.

The House passed the main bill 94-12 Wednesday and sent it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.

In 2013, the state sent Uber a cease and desist order alleging it was violating state law, but it has continued to operate in Michigan and has grown in popularity.

The legislation would create uniform rules and licensing fees for ride-hailing, taxi and limo companies, and pre-empt most local regulations. The businesses would have to conduct background checks on drivers and review applicants’ driving history.

People couldn’t become drivers if they have too many traffic violations, a recent felony conviction or are a sex offender. Vehicle inspections would be required.

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