- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed legislation aimed at regulating ride-booking companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says the skyrocketing use of the services has captured the attention of lawmakers since it appears the popular companies are here to stay.

New Mexico lawmakers waded into the regulatory space Thursday, voting 56-8 in favor of a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque and Democrat Sen. Phil Griego of San Jose.

The legislation comes as the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission wrestles with how to respond to the smartphone-based services that connect people seeking rides with people who have cars.

In February, commissioners decided to table a decision to allow Lyft to operate in the state.

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