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Uber's Iowa footprint, but not state regulation, grows

Uber's Iowa footprint, but not state regulation, grows

Although Uber already operates in Cedar Rapids, the Quad Cities, Des Moines and Ames — and perhaps may someday expand to Iowa City — the Iowa Legislature has yet to adopt any statewide regulations for how such ride-hailing services operate.

Last year, the Iowa House passed insurances rules that failed in a Senate committee. This year, Rep. Dawn Pettengill, R-Mount Auburn, introduced legislation in the House to try again.

But her bill covers insurance requirements only — not the issue of background checks on drivers, which this week was receiving renewed scrutiny after police say an Uber driver shot and killed six people in Kalamazoo, Mich., apparently while still looking for passengers.

Read the full article on the Cedar Rapids Gazette website.



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