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Pennsylvania House Approves Ride-Share Authorization Bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The effort to grant permanent, statewide authorization to Uber, Lyft and other ride-share services in Pennsylvania is halfway through the state legislature. The House sent the Senate an authorization bill Wednesday afternoon.

Authorization for ride-share services expired in Philadelphia at the end of September and temporary authorization will expire for Uber and Lyft early next year in other areas of Pennsylvania. The House Wednesday sent an authorization bill back to the Senate with changes that supporters say represent a compromise with the ride-share companies and the taxi industry.

“These are changes that the House has made. It wasn’t something that was made in consultation with the Senate, however, we are hopeful that they are good changes that will move this forward,” said Jennifer Kocher, a spokeswoman for the Senate majority leader. “We have them under review at this time. I’m not able to say unequivocally how we feel about, other than to say we are longtime supporters of these kinds of companies in the state.”

The Senate returns to session next week.

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