Senate, Assembly at ‘impasse’ over Uber, Lyft
June 13, 2016
by John Campbell
Senate, Assembly deadlocked on bill to authorize Uber and Lyft.
ALBANY – The state Senate and Assembly are at an “impasse” over a bill that would clear the way for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to spread across the state, a key state senator said Monday.
Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, Otsego County, said the two houses remain at odds over the minimum levels of insurance the companies would have to carry for their drivers, though he said negotiations continued Monday at the state Capitol.
The disagreement leaves the bill’s chances of passage uncertain, at best. The state Legislature’s annual session at the Capitol is scheduled to end Thursday.
“We remain at impasse, but it’s early in the legislative week,” said Seward, who chairs the Senate Insurance Committee.
Uber and Lyft have deployed teams of well-connected lobbyists to make their case in Albany, where major pieces of legislation are frequently pushed to the last week of the legislative session.