SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Representatives for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are pushing a bill that would ensure the state of Oregon regulates them instead of individual cities.
The Eugene Register-Guard reports representatives said at a Monday hearing that the bill would set statewide rules for the companies that would allow them to expand to cities such as Eugene and Springfield, where they are not currently operating.
Local governments such as the city of Eugene have voiced opposition to House Bill 3246, which would reverse their authority over taxis and ride-hailing services.
Under the bill, drivers for companies such as Lyft and Uber are considered independent contractors instead of employees. Those employers don’t have to pay payroll taxes, compensate drivers at minimum wage, or provide them with benefits and workers’ compensation insurance.
Eighteen Democrat and Republican lawmakers are sponsoring the bill.