On Monday, Governor Rick Scott tweeted his support for ridesharing legislation (HB 221) that received a 36-1 vote in the Senate last week after earlier passing the House.
Governor Scott tweeted:
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) April 24, 2017
Scott’s spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said the governor will sign the measure when it is formally delivered from the Legislature.
The issue has been the focus of lobbying battles in recent years, pitting the deep pockets of ridesharing companies against taxicab companies and local governments.
It has been controversial because it would prevent local governments from imposing regulations on the industry.
Cab companies are often regulated at the local level and have argued that they could be put at a competitive disadvantage.
Uber Florida tweeted the following response to Governor Scott’s announcement:
— Uber Florida (@Uber_Florida) April 24, 2017