Ride-sharing regulation debate rolls on in Jefferson City

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Rep. Jay Barnes is pushing for statewide regulation of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. This comes one week after Kansas City successfully negotiated to keep ride-sharing services in the city. | Photo courtesy of Krista Gonzales/Flickr

Kansas City successfully negotiated last week to keep ride-sharing service Uber from ceasing operations in the city, but at the state level uncertainty remains about the future of regulation for companies like Uber and Lyft.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, is pushing for statewide regulation of ride-sharing companies. The House gave initial approval last week to a bill that would limit cities’ ability to regulate the companies.

Barnes said operations like Uber shouldn’t be “forced to kiss the rings of members of a cab cabal who work to keep them out of competition.”

Meanwhile, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, has spoken out against statewide regulation. Dempsey said he preferred to have ride-sharing companies work with the communities they wish to serve. He added that cities’ regulations could serve as templates for statewide regulation if Missouri ever seeks to establish that.

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