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RELEASE: Engen, House Republicans To Introduce Bill to Save Uber and Lyft in Minnesota

Monday, March 18, 2024

St. Paul, MN – On Monday, Representative Elliot Engen (R – Lino Lakes) and the House Republican Caucus will be introducing a bill to protect access to ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft in Minnesota. The bill would allow Uber and Lyft to continue operating by preempting local ridesharing regulations that are unworkable and overbearing.

“The Minneapolis City Council’s ordinance was intended to help drivers but it will end up doing just the opposite. They ignored repeated warnings from Uber and Lyft about discontinuing service in Minneapolis due to the ordinance, but the City Council pressed ahead anyway. On May 1st, these jobs will be gone, and the Minneapolis City Council will have set the real minimum wage for rideshare drivers to $0,” said Rep. Engen.

Rep. Engen continued: “Forcing Uber and Lyft to suspend service in Minnesota is an unforced error that will negatively impact drivers, occasional riders, and people who rely on rideshare to pick up prescriptions, go to the grocery store, or get home when they’re too impaired to drive. Republicans are offering a solution to save Democrats from their extreme wing, and we hope they join us in getting this done.”