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Ever been the victim of a data breach? Maybe you were part of last year’s breach involving one of the largest credit agencies, Equifax. But, in Florida, if you wanted to place a freeze on your credit report, Equifax could still charge you a fee. Now, a bill is starting to move in the Florida House to eliminate that cost to consumers.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi kicked off this year’s Human Trafficking Summit Monday in Orlando.

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A plan to regulate ridesharing companies statewide is heading to the Governor’s desk. After years of debate, the bill flew through the Senate Wednesday with virtually no complaints.

Nick Evans

House lawmakers voted unanimously to establish statewide standards for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.  Nick Evans has more.

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A Senate panel is giving the thumbs up to a measure establishing state-wide regulations for ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

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Another ridesharing service is coming to Tallahassee. Reports, on Thursday, Lyft will join Uber as a Capital City side option.

A bill preventing local governments from regulating what sponsors are calling transportation network companies is moving in the House, with major backers Uber and Lyft confident it will pass.

James Clarke Ash

House and Senate Republicans say this is the year Florida joins 37 other states in adopting regulations for so-called transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft.

Uber is operational in Tallahassee.

Transportation apps like Uber and Lyft will continue to face local regulations. The Florida legislature couldn’t reach a deal on how to regulate the industry statewide.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo is calling for more cooperative agreements with app-based ride sharing services to fight drunken driving.

Lawmakers and state agencies are wading deeper into the Uber debate.
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Florida’s jobs chief may be on his way out of office, but not before issuing an order declaring Uber drivers are independent contractors instead of employees.  The finding breaks with recent rulings in other states, and one of the drivers is planning to appeal.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) making his pitch.
Nick Evans

Last session, transportation network legislation—commonly referred to as the Uber Bill—died on the House floor.  Now lawmakers are taking another crack at the issue.

Yellow Car with Uber Plate
Monika Hoinkis

A group of Florida taxi companies and an Uber customer claim the state is failing to enforce its statutes. The group is suing  both the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Florida's part-time legislature is turning into a full-time job, but without the pay. And that's forced some lawmakers to find a second job. The House's powerful Rules chairman is one such legislator with a part-time gig. He's an Uber driver--and he's been surprising passengers in his car for the past few days.

Uber is operational in Tallahassee.

The digital ride-share service Uber can continue its operations in Tallahassee, but under more regulations. cities and counties are moving to enforce their own rules after the legislature failed to pass legislation for ride-share services like Uber and Lyft.

Uber is operational in Tallahassee.

A plan to regulate the ride-share app Uber stalled in the legislature, but the company isn’t giving up. It’s started an online petition that’s garnered more than 21,000 signatures so far.

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Florida’s transit system is a major topic of discussion this session with public safety being the primary concern. Affiliates with the state’s Taxi and Limousine companies joined lawmakers at the Capitol Wednesday to back a plan regarding ride share services, like Uber.

Capital Report: 03-09-2015

Mar 9, 2015

Angry students and a grieving parent unloaded Monday on Florida lawmakers who want to make it legal to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. As Jim Ash reports, the father of a 20-year-old University of California shooting victim warned more students would die.

Florida's small-business marketplace is in for major changes under the Senate's Medicaid expansion proposal. Lynn Hatter reports after a slow start getting up and running, Florida Health Choices could see its customer base grow exponentially under the Senate's plan.

Uber Preps For State Regulation

Mar 9, 2015
Yellow Car with Uber Plate
Monika Hoinkis

The ride-hailing app, Uber, has been operating in the state for the better part of 2014 despite statewide concerns over safety, insurance coverage and legality. While a patchwork of regulation has begun to develop on the local level,  state lawmakers are eager to settle the issue once and for all.

The most valuable tech start up in the world does not want to be legally defined as a car service alongside taxis and limos.

Yellow Car with Uber Plate
Monika Hoinkis

City commissioners are considering a plan they say would put drivers for the taxi app Uber on the same playing field as other cab drivers in Tallahassee. But the move seems to be honking some people off.

Uber logo on rearview mirror
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People in the Tallahassee area now have another transportation option. The controversial ride-share service uberX began offering rides this morning.

Tallahassee and Gainesville are the latest Florida cities where people are now using the Uber smartphone app to book rides. The two are part of Uber’s simultaneous rollout Thursday in 22 college towns nationwide.

Uber Florida General Manager Matt Gore says the company has ways of knowing where it’ll likely be successful.

Car Service Uber Eying Tallahassee As Potential Market

Jun 4, 2014
Uber driver ad

Rideshare app service Uber could come to Tallahassee if the company sees enough interest in the area.  Uber is advertising in search of drivers in Florida’s capital city.

Earlier this year, people using the words "Uber" and "Tallahassee" in the same sentence were likely talking about controversial state legislation the company was pushing to override local car service restrictions.

That bill failed, but the company that connects smartphone-savvy riders with hourly-paid drivers is now testing whether there’s a demand for its service in town.

Uber Jacksonville website

A plan that would negate local transportation rules in major Florida cities didn’t get through the legislature this year, but supporters of the deregulation made big waves in the process.

Uber—an app that summons luxury rides —wants to become a major player in Florida. But right now, it’s largely on the sidelines, offering services only in Jacksonville. At the center of the conflict is how local governments regulate the limo industry. Cities like Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale have strict rules in place when it comes to wait times and minimum fares.

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The full Florida House is set to vote on a bill that's pitted Florida taxi cab operators against car-service tech company Uber. The measure narrowly passed its final committee today after its sponsor narrowed it to apply only in Tampa instead of statewide.

Uber Jacksonville website

  On Friday, a controversial measure regulating chauffeured limousines is scheduled to go before its final House committee. The so-called “Uber bill” is aimed at paving the way for a car service app to roll into Florida’s large cities more easily.

More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition titled “Move Florida Forward.” Car service technology company Uber created the lobbying tool to collect support for legislation prohibiting local governments from enacting restrictions it says are keeping its cars out of those areas.