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Kansas Legislature Overrides Veto Of Uber Bill

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The Kansas House and Senate have voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill regulating Uber and other ride-hailing services, which connect riders and drivers. That prompted Uber to suspend service in the state.

The bill requires background checks for drivers and adds insurance requirements. Republican state Senator Jeff Longbine says this veto override is aimed at keeping negotiations moving.

“There’s no intention of ending up with what we have right now, unless the parties are unwilling to come together and continue to work on it. I’m more than willing to continue to entertain thoughts and ideas from all of the interested parties,” says Longbine.

When Governor Sam Brownback vetoed the bill, he said Kansas needs to embrace innovation to boost economic growth.