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A Victory for Innovation — How Arizona is Protecting the Short Term Rental Economy

Kudos to the state of Arizona State for proving that innovative problem solving is alive and well in the Grand Canyon State.

This past week, Governor Ducey signed into law landmark legislation that creates a blueprint for how all states should handle home sharing platforms such as HomeAway and Airbnb.  Not willing to rely on out-of-date, arcane regulation, created long before the first .com, Arizona chose the path of regulatory and legislative disruption. The result was Senate Bill 1350. Read more

Pennsylvania Watchdog – Ridesharing legalization bill on the move in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Watchdog – Ridesharing legalization bill on the move in Pennsylvania

“While this bill is not perfect, it is needed to create a clear regulatory framework for ridesharing across all of Pennsylvania,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of Driving Philly Forward, an organization pushing for legalization. “We hope that lawmakers in Harrisburg will continue backing a statewide solution for ridesharing and bring this bill to a floor vote as soon as possible.”

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Philadelphia BizJournal – Pa. bill brings Uber, Lyft step closer to legal operations in Philly

Philadelphia BizJournal – Pa. bill brings Uber, Lyft step closer to legal operations in Philly

“We hope that lawmakers in Harrisburg will continue backing a statewide solution for ridesharing and bring this bill to a floor vote as soon as possible,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, on behalf of the Driving Philly Forward group.

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Philly Voice – State House committee to consider legalizing Uber, Lyft in Philly

Philly Voice – State House committee to consider legalizing Uber, Lyft in Philly

“I think the PPA has come around to the reality that ride-sharing is here to stay,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a coalition member. “It’s appropriate that a regulator like the PPA be in charge of oversight over consumer safety. It’s also appropriate that the regulator recover the cost for their oversight efforts from the industry itself. I get that.

“But they don’t stop with just cost recovery,” he added. “They’re trying to make the licensing fees a brand new revenue source for the city of Philadelphia.”

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Philly Voice – Uber drivers protest at Philadelphia International Airport

Philly Voice – Uber drivers protest at Philadelphia International Airport

“These protests are a disruptive distraction from the sad fact that taxis hold this city under their monopoly power while failing to provide adequate transit services,” said Steve DelBianco, Executive Director of NetChoice. “Now that their monopoly is being threatened, taxis are turning to cheap theatrics in a desperate attempt to protect their bottom line rather than innovate or actually try to improve how they serve consumers.”

“Ridesharing services are incredibly popular with Philadelphians because they provide a safe, affordable way to get around while also helping drivers earn some extra income,” DelBianco said. “That’s why we need to pass a statewide framework that allows these services to operate throughout all of Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia.”

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Pennsylvania Watchdog – Legalizing ridesharing in Philly is about economic opportunity

Pennsylvania Watchdog – Legalizing ridesharing in Philly is about economic opportunity

“If a handful of powerful insiders – taxi medallion owners, mostly – get their way, then ride-sharing will be forced out of Philadelphia,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of the Netchoice Coalition, a national trade group for online businesses that is part of the new effort in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Business Journal – New Philadelphia coalition aims at advancing ridesharing agenda

Philadelphia Business Journal – New Philadelphia coalition aims at advancing ridesharing agenda

PlanPhilly – Kenney calls anti-UberX/Lyft coalition’s bluff as ride-hailing supporters push legalization bill

PlanPhilly – Kenney calls anti-UberX/Lyft coalition’s bluff as ride-hailing supporters push legalization bill

The Driving Philly Forward coalition, led by NetChoice, an eCommerce trade association that includes Lyft as a member, called for swift passage of State Senator Camera Bartolotta’s (R-Washington) bill to legalize TNCs across Pennsylvania.

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