State regulation of Uber, Lyft moves on to Louisiana Senate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House advanced a proposal to join more than 40 other states in regulating ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, thereby expanding access and standardizing rules.

Lawmakers voted 79-12 Wednesday in favor of the measure sponsored by Rep. Kenny Havard, a St. Francisville Republican who argued that state regulations will allow the companies to operate in Louisiana’s smaller cities and result in more drunken drivers staying off the road.

The bill, which is headed to the Senate, would have the state and local municipalities share 1 percent of each fare.

The proposal was met with opposition from representatives from New Orleans, who said their city could lose $2 million annually if the agreements it has with Uber and Lyft are superseded.