- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque Republican says she is hopeful Lyft will return to New Mexico after state lawmakers passed a bill regulating similar ride-booking companies.

Rep. Monica Youngblood says officials with the San Francisco-based company have signaled they would restart service in the state again but no final decision has been made.

Last year, Lyft suspended operations in New Mexico after state regulators passed new requirements the company called “onerous.” But state regulators said at the time they had no choice because state law had been outdated and it didn’t cover ride-booking companies that used mobile apps.

Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson says Lyft was encouraged by the new bill and urged Gov. Susana Martinez to sign it. But she did not say if Lyft would return to New Mexico soon.

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