Legislature approves bill overhauling ride-hailing rules

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Legislature has approved a bill designed to overhauls rules for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.

The legislation lays out a new regulatory scheme for ride-hailing firms and traditional taxi companies and sets minimum insurance rules. It also requires vehicle inspections, driver background checks, and sets a zero tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use by drivers. 

The so-called Uber-bill was one of the more contentious of last year's session and was ultimately vetoed by then-Gov. Jan Brewer.

Lengthy negotiations between insurers, ride-hailing and taxi firms led to a deal. 

The Senate approved House Bill 2135 on a 25-1 vote and the House on a 58-0 vote Thursday.

The bill now heads to Gov. Doug Ducey for action. He's called for the legislation.
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