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California senator with ties to taxi industry takes on surge pricing by Uber and Lyft

California senator with ties to taxi industry takes on surge pricing by Uber and Lyft

State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) wants California to take an active role in setting customer prices for Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies. His bill sailed through the Senate committee he leads Tuesday, ratcheting up a fight between the popular tech companies and those who believe the industry needs more regulation.

SB 1035 is one of the Capitol’s biggest broadsides against Uber and Lyft this year, taking aim at the core of the companies’ business model -- the ability to lower prices when demand is low and hike them at times of high...

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