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Uber suspends Boise service; Rep. Palmer wants state to override city regs

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ridesharing company Uber has suspended operations in Boise. The company in a three-page letter to city leaders on Thursday says it became clear at a city council work session on Tuesday that the city plans to impose unworkable and onerous regulations. Boise leaders want Uber to follow rules already in place for cab services, including insurance regulations and vehicle inspections. The company had been offering free rides in the city but Uber says that financial burden has become unsustainable. In a related matter on Thursday, state lawmakers introduced an Uber-backed bill to let the company operate the way it wants. Rep. Joe Palmer from Meridian, chair the House Transportation and Defense Committee, says he supports the bill because the city is preventing Uber from doing business.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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