The Massachusetts Senate has unveiled a bill that would regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, including requiring drivers undergo criminal background checks and carry insurance policies of at least $1 million.
Unlike a House version of the bill, the Senate version would not ban drivers working for ride-hailing companies from picking up passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport, a provision meant to appease the taxi industry, which has struggled against the competition.
The Senate bill would also create a trust fund paid for by an assessment on transportation network companies of not more than 10 cents per ride.
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The money would be distributed to local municipalities based on the proportion of rides originating in a city or town.
The Senate could debate the bill as early as next week.