- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Senate is advancing legislation to authorize ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate statewide, even as regulators consider a record $50 million fine against Uber for operating without approval.

Senators approved the bill Tuesday, 48-2, and sent it to the House of Representatives.

Uber and Lyft currently operate in some parts of Pennsylvania under a temporary license granted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The bill wouldn’t force the Philadelphia Parking Authority to license Uber and Lyft, even though both services operate there anyway.

The bill would set safety standards and insurance requirements for companies and drivers.

It also would require companies to perform background checks on all driver applicants, and bar drivers with convictions for crimes including sexual offenses, fraud, theft or driving under the influence.

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