- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A bill requiring statewide regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft is headed to a vote before the Wisconsin state Assembly.

An Assembly committee on Wednesday passed the measure on a bipartisan 10-2 vote. It is scheduled to be debated by the full Assembly on Tuesday.

Regulating companies like Uber and Lyft has become a hot topic as they’ve increased in popularity and competed with traditional taxi services and limo companies.

Ride-hailing companies connect pedestrians with private drivers through a smartphone app.

Under the measure, the companies would have to purchase a $5,000 state license, conduct driver background checks and maintain at least $1 million in liability insurance. The proposal would also prohibit drivers from discriminating against passengers because of race, religion, sex or disability.

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