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Broward County Gives Uber-Friendly Law Initial OK

Remember that time Broward passed regulations that Uber called "one of the most hostile regulatory frameworks in the nation", decided the county can take Uber to court for non-compliance, and then drove the ride-hailing service out of town?

Well, it's officially been a month since Uber and fellow ride-hailing app Lyft suspended operations in Broward, and now it looks like county commissioners are saying, "We want you back."

In a 6-3 vote Tuesday night, the Broward County Commission gave its initial approval of a more Uber-friendly law, which the company has said would let it return to the area. 

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If all goes well, Uber and other transportation network companies could soon be operating in Broward County once again, after the law comes to a final vote on Sept. 17.

The relaxed rules require insurance coverage and background checks, but they can instead be processed through a third-party and without fingerprinting. It only took 4 1/2 hours of discussion, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Commissioner Stacy Ritter, who voted with the majority, told the Sun Sentinel that more people have been tuned in to this issue than any other in her 17 years in office.

Find the full text of the ordinance, with deletions and additions, here.

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