During the 2014 Georgia legislative session, State Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) introduced HB 907, which would have regulated for-hire car services like Uber and Lyft. After outcries from fans of the service, the bill was quickly scuttled.
But, as it happens, a committee to study the issue was created via House Resolution 1805. Its members include Powell as chairman, along with Reps. John Carson (R-Marietta), Emory Dunahoo (R-Gainesville), Lynne Riley (R-Johns Creek) and Dale Rutledge (R-McDonough). The committee is scheduled to meet this fall.
The Atlanta based Council for Quality Growth obtained information from Uber on the company’s impact in Atlanta, which they published here. An excerpt:
We’ve brought an unprecedented level of safety, transparency and accountability to transportation in Atlanta. Atlantans want innovative transportation options that are as forward-looking as our amazing city. These options are good for consumers, who gain access to safer, more reliable and affordable transportation alternatives, and for drivers, who are provided greater opportunities to start their own business and make a living. Riders and drivers alike deserve improved transportation alternatives and increased opportunity. To ensure a strong future and economic growth, we should listen to people of Atlanta and craft legislation that embraces more choice and opportunity, and allows for safer, more convenient ways to move around the city.
Citing Atlanta as “the tech capital of the southeast,” the Council recommended that the study committee “should examine a de-regulation of the industry to allow competition on an even playing field and loosen the government regulations, rather than exploring options for increased regulations and restrictions.”