Legislation to make it lawful for Lifts and Uber to operate anywhere in the state of Oregon was introduced into the legislation yesterday, again with provisions that would remove Portland's ability to regulate the running companies.
House Bill 3023, If Chief Sponsors Are Secretary of State Susan McLain (D-Hillsboro), Representative Brian L. Clem (D-Salem) and Rep. Janelle Bynum (D-East Portland), wanted to keep important Portland claims for insurance and background checks while applying
McLain, who serves on the Transport Committee, did not save the previous bill and her support could mark a change in how the bill goes out in Salem.
Lift employees say the bill has many of the same security standards that Portland City has put in place and provided a fact sheet on the bill.
"This legislation will secure th on security standards and rules that currently only allow ridesharing to operate in selected cities to be in force throughout Oregon," said Lifelong woman Lauren Alexander in a statement.
But city officials are protesting hard against the approach that would remove the city's ability to regulate the companies.
Marshall Runkel, Chief of Staff of City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, says that city officials met with important lifting staff on Wednesday.
"We communicated that the city was surprised and disappointed that the legislation preempts local authority, says Runkel. "Lifting social innovation and spirit of cooperation has separated it from the competition and won market share in Portland. We expressed our desire to continue working together towards a positive outcome and promised to call directly with our bosses ASAP."
City officials claim that Portland is the place where Uber and Lyft will have the most business and potentially the most impact on traffic and transport, which means that local governments should have an expression of how companies operate.
State law would exclude future changes to existing insurance requirements, and exclude the city's ability to collect data on companies or issue fines. And it would also prevent the city from transferring future taxes or taxes on the companies.
"Drivers can come from across the state to work here (where 95% of the business is) without being locally allowed," says Noah Siegel, temporary assistant director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. "We would no longer be able to do internal investigations to protect customers."