- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Big Sky woman is challenging a state law that allows taxi companies to protest new competition.

Montana law requires taxi companies and shuttle services to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the state. But the law also allows any existing taxi companies in the same market to protest the move, forcing a hearing before the Public Service Commission.

Traci Pabst, owner of Big Sky Shuttle, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Helena asking that the law be declared unconstitutional.

Pabst argues the law reduces competition and allows existing companies to charge higher prices.

Justin Kraske, chief legal counsel for the PSC, tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1669Ms8) he was aware the lawsuit was going to be filed, but had not seen it.

Supporters of the law say regulation ensures taxi companies carry adequate insurance.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com


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