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Statewide Scooter Bill Falls Short in California

Legislation that would have preempted local laws, and had the support of major scooter companies, is now a two-year bill.
July 6, 2019, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A proposed state law aimed at dismantling local e-scooter and e-bike regulations just got a flat tire," reports Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez.

California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) had proposed Assembly Bill 1112 to set a statewide regulatory framework for the controversial mobility devices. "The bill would have preempted local 'shared mobility' regulations by setting up a statewide framework, dictating the trip-level and usage data cities are able to obtain from e-scooter, e-bike and other e-transit rental companies, among other things," explains Rodriguez.

The bill eventually succumbed to opposition from cities, but the bill will be taken up in next year's legislative session.

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Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in San Francisco Examiner
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