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W.Va. Senate OKs Uber Bill


Senators approved a bill to allow ride sharing companies to operate in West Virginia. The vote on House Bill 4228, commonly referred to as the Uber bill, was unanimous.

The bill creates operating regulations for companies like Uber and Lyft, requiring them to have a Division of Motor Vehicles operating permit, additional insurance, drug and alcohol policies, and to conduct background checks for drivers. 

A similar bill was introduced by Gov. Tomblin this year. 

Technical changes were made to the bill in the Senate so it will return to the House for an additional vote before heading to the governor’s desk.

A push to bring Uber to West Virginia died in the GOP-led Legislature last year. Among other issues, a pocket of House delegates opposed a provision to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender riders from discrimination.