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Baker hopes disagreements won’t scuttle Uber regs

September 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker says he hopes disagreements over how to regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft won’t keep lawmakers from passing a bill soon.

A legislative committee reviewed several proposals — including one filed by Baker — during a sometimes contentious public hearing earlier this week that often appeared to pit Boston cab drivers against Uber drivers.

During his monthly “Ask the Governor” program on WGBH-FM Thursday, Baker said he was concerned that competing points of view could result in no legislation being approved this session.

The governor’s bill would require drivers for ride-hailing services to undergo criminal background checks and carry at least $1 million insurance.

Baker said his proposal would allow cities to impose stronger regulations.

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