Missouri lawmaker says Uber bill is intended to create opportunities; critics want additional checks

A Missouri lawmaker says that Uber predicts that it will add about 10,000 new Missouri drivers if his bill involving transportation network companies passes.

State Rep. Kirk Mathews (R-Eureka) has filed legislation for the second straight year to create a statewide regulatory platform for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.

Uber currently operates in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and Columbia, but Mathews says the ride-sharing company is looking to expand.

Mathews says his bill is intended to create opportunities for drivers across Missouri to start their own business, but some critics of the legislation want fingerprint background checks on Uber drivers.

The 2017 Missouri legislative session began Wednesday.

Read more: Missourinet


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