- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that creates statewide regulations on ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The measure would prohibit any local ordinances governing ride-hailing companies. Instead, the companies would have to purchase a $5,000 state license, conduct driver background checks and maintain liability insurance. Drivers would be prohibited from discriminating against passengers based on their race, religion, sex or disability.

The bill passed both the Assembly and Senate on bipartisan votes last month.

Supporters say the regulations will help Uber and Lyft expand around the state and create more transportation options.

Eleven Dane County Democratic lawmakers had requested Walker veto the bill arguing it doesn’t do enough to regulate the services and should allow more local oversight.

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