If high-ranking Missouri lawmakers get their way, the state will have a regulatory framework for businesses like Uber and Lyft by the end of the 2017 legislative session.
House Speaker Todd Richardson and Sen. Bob Onder spoke to reporters Monday about their plans to push legislation to regulate ride-hailing companies. Richardson said that not only would it support Missourians looking for a service they desire, but it could also provide an economic benefit for drivers.
Both Onder and Richardson said that they would focus on passing the legislation early this session, though Richardson said that leadership still had to decide where to fit it in amongst other priorities like labor reform and tort reform.
The companies have said they would be more likely to expand their app-based ride-hailing business in Missouri if there were a statewide regulatory framework instead of different requirements in each city.