On Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee heard SF2319, which establishes driver protections for transportation network companies (Uber/Lyft). In last week’s hearing, food and package delivery was included. This week, Senator Fateh brought forward an amendment that removed food and package delivery from the bill – which we supported.
After crucial input from members on Thursday’s Advocacy Network call, Hospitality Minnesota’s Jill Sims testified on the bill to thank Senator Fateh for the removal of food and package delivery and raise additional concerns. The rideshare services have indicated that rides in the Twin Cities may cost 50% more than the same type of ride in New York City. This poses a significant challenge for hospitality workers who use the ride services, out of necessity, to get to and from work, as well as residents and travelers using the service to visit hospitality businesses. We will continue to work with Senator Fateh and other members to voice our concerns about the impact of the higher cost of rideshare.
The Senate Commerce Committee did not pass the bill; tabling it for additional work. The bill will next be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.
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