- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has sent a transportation bill to the governor that Uber says could drive it out of the state.

The Senate voted 35-2 to pass the bill requiring drivers from transportation network companies to hold additional insurance for the periods they are transporting riders for pay.

It would also require companies to do background checks on their drivers through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The bill affects the company Uber, which connects independent drivers to riders through a smart device app. The company posted on its blog Monday that it would make Uber’s business “impossible” in Kansas.

The company urged users to email all Kansas legislators on the issue through a link in the app. So many did so the Legislature’s email service was temporarily inoperable Tuesday.

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