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There are no changes to California's Uber and Lyft oversight in the governor's new budget

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State utility regulators will continue to oversee Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies for the foreseeable future under new plans unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.

But Brown proposed shifting oversight of smaller transportation options, including intrastate moving companies, charter boats and hot air balloons, from the California Public Utilities Commission to different state and local agencies by mid-2018.

The governor argued the changes would allow the agency to focus on oversight for the ride-hailing, limousine and other industries under its control.

“Streamlining the PUC’s existing functions will improve the program performance for the transportation responsibilities that remain with the PUC,” Brown’s May budget revision says.

The PUC also regulates energy and gas companies and has been beset with years of problems in handling major energy crises, including the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant and the Aliso Canyon gas leak. The PUC’s president, among others, has argued the agency should jettison some authority so it could better oversee the energy sector.

Last year, Brown and lawmakers had reached a deal to move some responsibility over ride-hailing companies out of the agency amid a number of other changes. But major aspects of the plan fell apart at the end of the Legislative session.

The governor remains open to further changes to transportation oversight at the PUC, the May budget revision says.

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