- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft could operate legally in Nebraska under a bill that won first-round approval in the Legislature.

Senators voted 39-1 Tuesday to advance a measure that would outline regulations for app-based transportation network companies.

The companies have been operating unregulated in Nebraska for about a year despite warnings from the Department of Insurance and Department of Motor Vehicles.

Proponents say the companies provide a new transportation alterative in a state with limited and expensive options. But some worry the bill does not require proper insurance coverage for everyone involved.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, says he is open to placing additional disclosure requirements in the bill.

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The bill is LB 629

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