Bill allowing Uber, Lyft becomes leverage near session’s end

  • In this Jan. 12, 2016 photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a customer in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel | The Associated Press File)

JUNEAU — A divide between the House and Senate has stalled a push to bring ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to Alaska.

Senate Bill 14, allowing Uber, Lyft and similar companies to operate in Alaska, needs only a vote of the full House and the signature of Gov. Bill Walker to become law.

Those actions seem unlikely to happen, even as many lawmakers say they support the idea.

Instead, the House is effectively starting the legislative process anew by advancing its own version of Uber legislation from the House Labor and Commerce Committee May 10.

SB 14 meanwhile remains in the House Rules Committee, awaiting a final vote.

“It’s been there for a month under the control of the House leadership that could’ve put it on the floor, and you have to ask them why they haven’t done that,” said Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage and the sponsor of SB 14.

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05/11/2017 - 11:33am