76ºF

Scott will sign ridesharing bill

photo

Gov. Rick Scott is on board with ridesharing.

The governor, who is in Argentina this week heading a trade mission, tweeted Monday his support for ridesharing legislation (HB 221) that received a 36-1 vote in the Senate last week after earlier passing the House.

"I look forward to signing the @Uber/ @lyft bill," Scott tweeted.

Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said the governor will sign the measure when it is formally delivered from the Legislature.

Unanimously approved by the House, the measure institutes statewide rules for "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft.

The issue has been the focus of lobbying battles in recent years, pitting the deep pockets of ridesharing companies against taxicab companies and local governments.

It has been controversial because it would prevent local governments from imposing regulations on the industry.

Cab companies are often regulated at the local level and have argued that they could be put at a competitive disadvantage.