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House Passes Bill To Regulate Car Hailing Firms Such As Uber

FILE - This Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 file photo taken in Newark, N.J., shows smart phones displaying Uber car availability in New York. The ride-hailing app expects this New Year’s Eve to be its busiest night ever. Due to such high demand, and because it can, Uber is bringing back its surge pricing, a boon to drivers and a bane to passengers. Fares can increase by as much as sevenfold during the busiest time, which Uber says will be between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - This Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 file photo taken in Newark, N.J., shows smart phones displaying Uber car availability in New York. The ride-hailing app expects this New Year’s Eve to be its busiest night ever. Due to such high demand, and because it can, Uber is bringing back its surge pricing, a boon to drivers and a bane to passengers. Fares can increase by as much as sevenfold during the busiest time, which Uber says will be between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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The first of a slew of bills that would regulate popular car hailing services such as Uber has passed the Georgia House, and several more are under discussion.

Officials of the high-tech car service, which requires apps to be used both by drivers and passengers, say they aren’t happy with the measure.

Rep. Rick Golick says his bill that passed Tuesday “provides for reasonable insurance coverage requirements from the time the driver’s ‘app’ is on through the time that the passenger is dropped off.”

Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett says Golick’s bill and others “would create a very difficult landscape for us to operate in Georgia” because of insurance requirements.

Many states are grappling with the same issue. Bennett says thousands of Georgians make extra money driving for Uber.

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