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Kansas Lawmakers Say They've Reached Uber Compromise

A message that greeted Kansas Uber users when Uber pulled out of the state

Lawmakers in Kansas have unveiled a compromise with the ride-hailing service Uber that they say will bring the company back to the state. The bill includes background checks and insurance rules for drivers. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, Uber previously pulled out of Kansas.

Republican state Representative Scott Schwab says it is a relief to reach an agreement.

“There’s a cult following with Uber that they’ve been able to create,” says Schwab.

While many customers like Uber, Schwab says they had to balance that with safety and creating reasonable insurance rules.

“It was trying to satisfy both sides of the equation. We’ve got all these parties that have come in and say ‘we’ve got something we can not only live with, but we like,’” says Schwab.

Governor Sam Brownback vetoed the first bill regulating Uber. When lawmakers voted to override that veto, Uber pulled out of the state.

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