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Uber, Lyft regulation bill quietly suffocated in La. Senate committee

by The Associated Press

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Louisiana won't join 44 other states in regulating ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

Rep. Kenny Havard's House-backed measure to standardize rules and expand access to smaller cities was expected to be heard by a Senate committee Tuesday. Instead, it was shelved.

Havard, a St. Francisville Republican, said after the meeting that the proposal is dead in the legislative session that ends June 8. He blames opposition from New Orleans lawmakers and taxi unions for stalling the bill, making it unable to pass.

Under the bill, state and local municipalities would have shared 1 percent of each fare.

Representatives from New Orleans said their city could lose $2 million annually if the agreements it has with Uber and Lyft were superseded by Havard's legislation.