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Ridesharing proposals could be ready to move

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The House this week could be poised to approve a proposal that would create statewide regulations for ridesharing companies, while a Senate committee also could move forward with the controversial idea.

The House is scheduled to take up its version of the bill (SB 221) during a floor session Wednesday and could vote on it as early as Thursday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the Senate version (SB 340) on Tuesday.

Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft support the proposals, which would override local regulations on the fast-growing industry.

But taxi companies, which are regulated locally, have argued that the proposals would give an advantage to the app-based "transportation network companies."

Also, local governments have objected to the state preempting their regulatory authority.