House To Vote On Ride-Sharing Authorization Later This Month

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The spokesman for majority Republican leaders in the state House says there will be a vote later this month on legislation to authorize ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft across the state. Authorization in Philadelphia expired last Friday and the Parking Authority says for now, those services cannot operate in the city.

A Senate-passed a bill to create a statewide regulation and licensing process for ride-share services has been languishing in the House for months. Uber and Lyft are operating under “experimental authorization” outside Philadelphia from the Public Utility Commission until early next year. But lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on the permanent, statewide bill before temporary authorization in Philadelphia expired on Friday. Now Steve Miskin, spokesman for House majority Republicans, says there will be a vote when the House returns to session the week of October 17.

“We are still trying to work out a consensus — and where we are at the end of next week, that’s where we’re going to be. And we’re going to run that bill that following Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday,” Miskin said. “Not everybody is going to be 100-percent happy, not everybody is going to be 100-percent sad. But we will have a good bill. We’ll send it over to the Senate, and hopefully it will get to the governor’s desk.”

If the bill is amended in the House, it will have to go back to the Senate for at least one more vote.

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