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Gardiner shoots back at Uber after campaign attacking him



Uber has been taking shots at President Andy Gardiner because the Senate has not taken a vote on whether to prohibit local bans on ridesharing companies.

Now, the Orlando Republican is firing back.

"The reality is nobody filed preemption in the Senate at all," he said Monday.

"Maybe somebody needs to watch School House Rock, how a bill becomes a law."

That's true -- no bill has been filed in the upper chamber, although it passed the Florida House on a 108-10 vote in January.

The Senate does have legislation that would set insurance and background check requirements. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, has filed an amendment to add the prohibition on local bans.

Senate leaders have been reluctant to preempt local governments, instead favoring a plan backed by the taxicab industry that would focus on insurance. Gardiner has ties to Mears Transportation, a taxi and limo operator in Orlando.

Uber is in the midst of a full-on PR blitz against the Senate president with ads and mailers in his home city of Orlando and in Tallahassee.

[Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2016 6:20pm]


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