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Compromise Might Keep Uber In Kansas

Associated Press - May 15, 2015 6:20 am

Ride-hailing company Uber says a compromise with Kansas legislators would allow it stay in the state if the measure passes.

The House expected to vote on the legislation Friday.

Uber announced in early May that it had ceased operations in Kansas after the Legislature overrode the governor’s veto on regulations the company opposed.

Under the new measure, Uber and other ride-hailing companies could do private background checks on their subcontracted drivers under the bill. But they could face lawsuits from the attorney general if drivers were found to be operating with a criminal background.

Republican Rep. Scott Schwab of Olathe said the bill also would fill gaps in insurance coverage for drivers. He said negotiations with the company had been tough and he was relieved a solution was found.