- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has expanded the requirements ride-hailing companies must meet to operate in the state.

Late Thursday, on a 48-4 vote, it added a requirement for drivers of companies such as Uber to display certificates of identification on their vehicles. Drivers must also obtain “master” licenses.

Earlier Thursday, the House passed by a vote of 153-14 a second “Uber bill” requiring ride-hailing firms to provide at least $1 million of insurance for its drivers. Both bills now go to Gov. Nathan Deal.

Republican State Rep. Rich Golick of Smyrna says insurance coverage must begin when a driver accepts a customer using a mobile app, and end when the ride is over.

Powell’s bill also requires background checks of drivers.

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