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.