Senate approves Uber bill, keeping its chances alive

Published: Jun. 3, 2015 at 11:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2015 at 11:30 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Senate has approved a bill allowing Uber to continue operating in South Carolina, keeping alive the measure's chances this year.

Wednesday's vote returned the amended bill to the House, which approved its version 10 weeks ago. The House could vote Thursday to either send the bill to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk or to a group of legislators who could work toward a compromise during a special session later this month.

The regular session ends Thursday.

Last week, Haley urged senators to act, saying Uber's departure from South Carolina would deprive residents of safe, reliable transportation.

In January, the Public Service Commission issued a cease-and-desist order stopping the app-based service. Following criticism from lawmakers, the commission reversed course two weeks later and granted a temporary license through June 30.

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