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An Uber driver in Winter Haven claimed self-defense after he fatally shot a man who trailed his car and tried run him off the road, authorities said Wednesday.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the season without quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been suspended three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The ride-sharing company, Uber, has found itself at the center of controversy again. 

The Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal ordered the company on Wednesday to divulge records it had tried to shield from the public about its relationship with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Sun Sentinel first reported.  

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has issued a subpoena to Uber in search of information related to the ride-sharing company's alleged cover-up of a 2016 data breach.

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Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature passed a law that banned local governments from regulating ridesharing companies.

This opened the door for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority to approve a contract this week with Uber, Lyft and Wingz allowing them to pick up customers curbside at the airport. But they'll pay for the privilege.

A plan to regulate ridesharing companies statewide is heading to the Governor’s desk. After years of debate, the bill flew through the Senate Wednesday with virtually no complaints.

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The Florida Senate is poised to pass a bill that accommodates ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft by not subjecting them to a medley of laws imposed by local governments.

House lawmakers voted unanimously to establish statewide standards for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.  Nick Evans has more.

A Senate panel is giving the thumbs up to a measure establishing state-wide regulations for ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

A bill preventing local governments from regulating what sponsors are calling transportation network companies is moving in the House, with major backers Uber and Lyft confident it will pass.

A Miami appeals court is siding with Governor Rick Scott and San Francisco-based technology giant Uber in a dispute over the status of part-time drivers.

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The debate over how to regulate ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft is returning to the Florida legislature. 


Brandes Backs Potential Ride Sharing Legislation

Dec 13, 2016

Republican Senator Jeff Brandes is once again throwing his weight behind ride-sharing legislation. The move would create blanket regulation across the state for companies such as Uber and Lyft. 

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The ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft are here to stay in Hillsborough County - for now.

The Public Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved a temporary operating agreement for the two companies to operate in Hillsborough for the next 13 months.

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Tampa's Uber and Lyft drivers won't know for another month if local regulators are going to authorize them to operate, legally, in Hillsborough County.

Ride-Sharing Companies Might Face Stricter Regulations

Sep 14, 2016
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Hillsborough County might see the end of ridesharing companies like Uber or Lyft if stricter regulations are passed.

Uber, Lyft Bill Fails As Legislative Session Closes

Mar 14, 2016
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An effort in the Legislature to pass statewide regulations for app-based ridesharing services including Uber and Lyft is dead for this year.

Transportation apps like Uber and Lyft will continue to face local regulations. The Florida legislature couldn’t reach a deal on how to regulate the industry statewide.

Ride-Sharing Bill Backed For Hillsborough County

Feb 2, 2016
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Less than a week after the Florida House passed a bill dealing with the statewide regulation of app-based ride sharing services, a subcommittee Monday approved a proposal that would set up a regulatory framework in Hillsborough County.

Miami Doctor Suspended; Video Shows Attack On Uber Driver

Jan 25, 2016

A doctor at a Miami hospital is on administrative leave after a video surfaced on YouTube showing her hitting and screaming profanities at an Uber driver.

Senate Again Focused On Uber Driver Insurance

Dec 9, 2015
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The Senate isn't ready to match a House proposal that would prevent local governments from regulating popular app-based transportation services, such as Uber and Lyft.

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A new poll shows that a majority of Floridians think that ride sharing services should be regulated.  

The fifth annual University of South Florida Nielsen Sunshine State Survey asked Floridians about regulating drivers and prices for ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft. 

USF Professor Susan MacManus said people are divided on the issue. 

Gov. Rick Scott says he believes that there should be a statewide decision made on how to fairly regulate rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.

Florida’s transit system is a major topic of discussion this session with public safety being the primary concern. Affiliates with the state’s Taxi and Limousine companies joined lawmakers at the Capitol Wednesday to back a plan regarding ride share services, like Uber.

Uber Preps For State Regulation

Mar 10, 2015

The ride-hailing app, Uber, has been operating in the state for the better part of 2014 despite statewide concerns over safety, insurance coverage and legality. While a patchwork of regulation has begun to develop on the local level,  state lawmakers are eager to settle the issue once and for all.

The most valuable tech start up in the world does not want to be legally defined as a car service alongside taxis and limos.

Making Sense of Uber Reporter Threats

Nov 24, 2014
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Uber -- the ride sharing app company -- is getting all kinds of attention.

And not just because of its innovative way to get you around town with unlicensed people you don't know.

It was recently revealed that an Uber executive was thinking about hiring investigators to dig up dirt on reporters who write negative articles about the company.

How can a high-tech driven company be so ham-handed when it comes to dealing with the media?

Hillsborough Commission Talks Uber, Lyft Ride-Sharing

Sep 10, 2014
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The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission heard lots of public comment from taxi drivers and ride-sharing service supporters alike at a hearing Wednesday.

The Public Transportation Commission (PTC) regulates vehicles for-hire like taxis and limousines. Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft have been fined for improper insurance coverage and licensing. 

The full Florida House is set to vote on a bill that's pitted Florida taxi cab operators against car-service tech company Uber. The measure narrowly passed its final committee today after its sponsor narrowed it to apply only in Tampa instead of statewide.