Uber, Lyft bill on New Mexico impasse heads to full Senate

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a passenger in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. Passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport will be allowed to leave in an UberX car starting Thursday, Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

SANTA FE (AP) – A bill aimed at welcoming and regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft in New Mexico is headed to the full state Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to move the proposal to the Democratic-led Senate despite objections from traditional taxi companies.

The GOP-led House overwhelmingly passed the measure 58-8 earlier this month.

The legal status of the companies has been in limbo in the state since they began offering services in 2014. The companies say the state’s Motor Carrier Act doesn’t apply to them because they don’t operate as commercial taxi businesses.

Uber and Lyft offer an online service that allows people with cars to connect with people seeking rides.

The bill has not been scheduled for a Senate floor vote yet. The session ends Thursday.

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