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Key Issues For Returning California Legislature

by Jeremy B. White and Laurel Rosenhall, The Sacramento Bee

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Expect debates about consumer data, Internet privacy and regulation of some Web-based businesses to loom large this session. The tech lobby beefed up its presence in Sacramento last year, with the Internet Association opening an office here – its first office outside Washington, D.C. The group was instrumental in rallying ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to oppose legislation increasing their insurance requirements. A similar effort to regulate home-sharing services is likely to emerge in the Legislature this year. … The Assembly has established a new committee devoted to privacy and consumer protection, chaired by Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Read More ›

When It’s Time To Flee, Uber Raises Its Rates

by C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle

uber exec toys with car and cash

Is this just a dumb public relations miscue, or is this just the new model for startup culture? … Rather than anticipate the problem — recognize that surge pricing in an emergency is not a good policy — companies like Uber would rather just put the pedal to the metal and deal with the speed bumps when they come up. Speed bumps like these: San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón sues Uber over what he says are inadequate driver background checks. Portland, Ore., declared Uber illegal, citing a lack of adequate insurance, among other things. Uber has been sued in Madrid and banned in New Delhi. Read More ›

Fatal Accident Tests Lyft’s $1 Million Insurance Policy

by Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle

While a driver is providing a ride or on the way to pick up a passenger, Lyft offers $1 million in liability insurance, and $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. … California legislators recently passed a bill to require coverage when a driver is logged into the companies’ apps but hasn’t yet been matched with a passenger. The mandated coverage, set to take effect July 1, would top off at $200,000. Read More ›

The Sharing Economy: 21st Century Technology, 19th Century Worker Protections

by Amanda Armstrong, In These Times

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Uber’s intensive lobbying over the summer reduced AB 2293 to a shadow of its original self. As noted by the Consumer Federation of California, in its final form the bill establishes insurance minimums far below those required of taxi, limo, and other companies that provide similar services. But the bill was flawed even at its inception, as it never sought to protect workers. AB 2293 makes drivers legally responsible for carrying liability insurance for passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists, while withholding from drivers and their family members guarantees of compensation or support in the event that they are injured or killed on the job. Read More ›

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