- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A measure aimed at helping ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft expand in Missouri has advanced the House.

House members voted 95-30 to add regulations for ride-hailing companies to a bill that passed the chamber Thursday.

The legislation would require those companies to conduct background checks on drivers, pay a $5,000 annual fee and meet other regulations. It would exempt the services from local regulations, licensing requirements and most taxes.

A change made Thursday also would allow the Department of Revenue to require fingerprint checks on drivers after August 2019.

The measure is touted by supporters as a job creator. But it’s been criticized by those who say fingerprint checks are needed to ensure safety.

The bill now heads back to the Senate. Lawmakers’ deadline is May 13.

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