Lou Minardi, President of the Florida Taxicab Association, and Rick Versace, President of the Florida Limousine Association, meet with members of the media Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Florida State Capitol during Ground Transportation Day. They led members of their groups to legislators’ offices to discuss proposals affecting Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft. (Photo by Tampa Taxi Shots; www.tampataxishots.net
TALLAHASEE, Fla. — The Florida House of Representatives adjourned its session April 29 deciding not to vote on a proposed statewide TNC regulatory bill that was strongly opposed by the taxi and limousine industries.
House Bill 817, referred to as the “TNC bill,” was pulled from the floor, so no vote was taken on the highly controversial legislation.
“This is a victory for us in the state as an industry,” said Dave Shaw, president of the West Florida Livery Association, secretary of the Florida Limousine Association, and a board director of the National Limousine Association for the Southeast Region. “Thanks to you all that made the trip to Tallahassee (more than 100 industry operators attened a rally) and a special thanks to Rick Versace (President, Florida Limousine Association) who put his heart and soul into this effort,” Shaw added.
Versace also claimed victory today, saying that by "taking their leave and refusing to hear Rep. Matt Gaetz’s HB 817 and other potential boons to the legal stability of Uber, legislators placed consumer protection above any other priority in rejecting a bad bill that could have become a dangerous law.”
Shaw urged all Florida industry association members and operators to “reach into your pockets and support the lobbying. Our journey has just begun We need to raise more funds to pay for our continuing 2015 campaign.”
LCT background article: Florida Groups Oppose Pro-TNC Bill
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