Bill would put Uber under state regulations

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Renewing a high-stakes debate, a House Republican on Monday filed a proposal that would prevent app-based services such as Uber and Lyft from being regulated like taxicabs.

The bill (HB 509), filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, would give the state regulatory authority over such companies and would make clear that local governments don’t have such authority.

The issue of regulating the fast-growing industry has flared in numerous communities in Florida, including Orlando, and across the country and has pitted companies such as Uber and Lyft against taxi operators.