image
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x6 *** Quinn vetoes ridesharing bill

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

* The taxi companies were expecting an AV. Nope. Full-on veto. From a press release…

Governor Pat Quinn today vetoed House Bill 4075, also known as the “Uber bill.” The bill would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing and prevented local governments across Illinois from adopting rules that fit their respective communities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect consumers, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“The principle of home rule is an important one,” Governor Quinn said. “I am vetoing this legislation because it would have mandated a one-size-fits-all approach to a service that is best regulated at the local level.”

While transportation services are traditionally regulated at the local government level, House Bill 4075 would have limited the ability of home rule units of government to adopt alternative approaches that best fit local needs.

For example, the city of Chicago passed an ordinance that will go into effect Aug. 26, 2014 which establishes a comprehensive set of regulations to ensure ridesharing companies maintain public safety including regulations on licensure, insurance, background checks, vehicle inspections and operating hours for drivers. The ordinance – which is in the process of being implemented – will help ensure these transportation services maintain public safety while keeping the regulation at the appropriate and traditional level of government.

Commercial ridesharing services are provided by drivers who use their personal automobiles to provide transportation services to the public. Customers use an application on their smart phones to order rides offered through these companies such as Uber X, Lyft, Sidecar and others.

Governor Quinn today also vetoed House Bill 5331, which contained related ridesharing regulations.

*** UPDATE 1 *** An hour before this press release was issued, the taxi drivers sent out a media advisory saying “hundreds” of taxi drivers would be demonstrating at the Thompson Center at 11:15 this morning to demand that Quinn sign the bill. Too late, it turns out.

…Adding… And, of course, Bruce Rauner has been urging Quinn to veto the bill for the past month.

The veto message is here. It uses the line “stifle innovation,” which is similar to Rauner’s claim that the bill would stifle competition.

*** UPDATE 2 *** The House sponsor, Rep. Mike Zalewski, responds…

“I’m disappointed that the two bills I worked on this spring to put consumer safety first and provide a fair marketplace for the ridesharing services were vetoed. I disagree with the contention that this should be decided only locally, as these services stretch across city and county lines and the bills would provide important baseline protections that local governments could build upon. Both the main bill and trailer bill received overwhelming support in the House and Senate in the spring. I will now talk with my colleagues and evaluate the best path for moving forward. It is clear to me we need to provide consumers with the assurances they will get to their destinations safely when they use these services.”

*** UPDATE 3 *** Rauner response…

Bruce Rauner campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf issued the following statement regarding Pat Quinn’s decision to veto the anti-ridesharing bill:

“One month after Bruce urged Governor Quinn to veto the anti-ridesharing legislation Pat Quinn finally did the right thing. It’s too bad that Pat Quinn refused to follow Bruce’s lead on term limits and getting rid of the Quinn-Madigan tax hike.”

*** UPDATE 4 *** Mayor Rahm Emanuel…

“I want to thank Governor Quinn for his thoughtful approach to regulating an emerging industry so that new transportation options can flourish in Chicago while consumers are ensured a safe and reliable experience. Beginning next week, the City will implement the commonsense ordinance that passed City Council in May so that rideshare is no longer operating in a regulatory vacuum.”

*** UPDATE 5 *** Lyft…

By vetoing HB 4075 and HB 5551, Governor Quinn has sent a strong message in support of Illinois residents who want access to the convenient and safe transportation options that ridesharing provides. Lyft’s peer-to-peer model enables communities to enjoy affordable and reliable transportation alternatives while creating new economic opportunities for residents.

The legislation – designed to protect entrenched industries and maintain the status quo – would have stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice. We applaud Governor Quinn’s leadership in standing up for consumers’ right to choose ridesharing, which has forged a path for other governors across the country to follow. We look forward to seeing Lyft grow and thrive in Illinois.

*** UPDATE 6 *** Uber…

The veto of anti-ridesharing legislation today by Governor Quinn shows not only his commitment to affordable transportation choices for Illinois consumers, but his commitment to the thousands of drivers who rely on ridesharing to pay their bills and invest in their communities.

The people of Illinois overwhelmingly support ridesharing – this veto is a victory for them against the influence of Big Taxi. It’s a victory for the more than 85,000 Illinois residents who signed the petition to save ridesharing. It’s a victory for those in underserved neighborhoods who can finally get a ride. And it’s a victory for the teachers, military veterans, college students and thousands of other driver partners who use the Uber platform.

HB 4075 was intended to limit competition and protect the profits of taxi company owners. It would have done nothing to improve the safety of Illinois’ streets and would have limited the growth of transportation alternatives across the state.

Governor Quinn’s embrace of innovation adds to a growing chorus of leaders who understand the benefits of this new industry: higher incomes for drivers, choices for residents and visitors who need a ride, lower DUI rates, service in neighborhoods that have been ignored by taxi companies for decades, and economic opportunities in cities of all sizes.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


21 Comments
  1. - Cassiopeia - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 8:54 am:

    So Governor Rauner is already calling the shots?


  2. - DuPage Rep - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 8:56 am:

    Haha. Governor reformer turns out to be a panderer and not a very good one at that.


  3. - Commander Norton - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:04 am:

    It’s a smart move, whatever you may think of its substance. It takes the teeth out of Rauner’s attack on him over ridesharing and “stifling competition,” but Quinn bases the veto on home rule and thus leaves the door open for future state-level regulation. And he doesn’t weigh in on the merits of either side’s arguments.


  4. - North Shore Joe - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:05 am:

    He really had no choice on this one.


  5. - wndycty - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:05 am:

    In typical Republican fashion I expect Rauner to issue a press release criticizing Quinn for vetoing this bill even though he wanted him to.


  6. - Levi - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:08 am:

    Rich, can you remind us whether these passed with enough votes to override a veto?


  7. - Leroy - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:10 am:

    Always fun to watch a protected class in Illinois lose it’s protection….especially this rapidly.

    Remember kids, government gets to pick winners and losers! I hope you get picked as a winner!


  8. - A guy... - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:29 am:

    Every now and then we get it right.


  9. - Carl Nyberg - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:41 am:

    Is Illinois going to allow individuals to compete in the market or just big companies?


  10. - Carl Nyberg - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:41 am:

    Is Illinois going to allow individuals to compete in the market or just big companies?


  11. - MarginOfEra - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:45 am:

    Good thing our roads do not cross municipal boundaries.


  12. - Snucka - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 9:58 am:

    It did pass with veto-proof majorities. However, I believe that Rich indicated last week that the Speaker may not be interested in overriding the veto.


  13. - Rahm's Parking Meter - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 10:26 am:

    Good move by Quinn. The problem is, a lot of the city voters who vote for the Governor do use Uber, Lyft, etc… It is a simple vote calculation. Why would you anger the voters you need to turn out in the city for you, i.e. YOUNGER PROFESSIONALS who lean Democratic for the most part.


  14. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 10:44 am:

    Tricky.

    Jack Lavin, Rahm Emanuel and Uber v. Teamsters, Citizen Action, and the taxi companies

    When in doubt, side with the mayor.


  15. - Skeptic - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 11:39 am:

    Way to throw in that non sequitor there Bruce…


  16. - kj - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 11:51 am:

    Only mistake in this was timing. If the veto happens a month ago, the Governor looks like a fighter on the issue. Now, it would be safe to argue that he is just me tooing Rauner out of fear.


  17. - Ghost - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    Actually I think his reasoning on letting the locasl handle it makes a lot of sense. If you have an area where its hard to get taxi service (say springfield), the locals may want to be less restrictive and encourage ride sharing services; the reverse in a heavily carpeted area like chicago.


  18. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    Uber spent gazillions of $$$ for this for this veto! At the same time, it started to pay the Chicago UberX drivers an effective rate of $0.72/paid mile, the lowest rate in the country! The cabs in Chicago are meters at $1.80/mile, the lowest rate of ANY major city in the country!
    I urge all Ride-sharing drivers to visit http://UberPeople.Net to unite in bringing an end to their exploitation


  19. - Demoralized - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    I’ve yet to see any rational argument as to how this stifles competition. There may be other good arguments against this but that isn’t one of them.


  20. - Gator - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    Great veto. What goes unreported is the fact that this bill also deregulates taxi rates across the state!!!

    I believe Illinois would have been the first state to deregulate taxi rates in the nation. Regarding the consumer protections, the Chicago ordinance does a good job of covering it.


  21. - GraduatedCollegeStudent - Monday, Aug 25, 14 @ 6:28 pm:

    ===Is Illinois going to allow individuals to compete in the market or just big companies? ===

    I dunno. To me Uber’s just as big a company as Big Taxi. Don’t let the veneer of “disruptive innovation” confuse you.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Caption contest!
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* Prison contract work rules hit
* Question of the day
* Muttering, resignation follow new appointment
* Today's quotables: Rauner vs. Madigan
* *** UPDATED x1 - NWMC didn't advance *** Makanda: Oops!
* Rate Exelon's new TV and radio ads
* *** UPDATED x2 - Fritchey: More needs to be done *** Alvarez to divert low-level drug crimes
* $1.6 billion versus (at least) $2.2 billion
* Rauner is not a news junkie
* Rauner opens new campaign front in pursuit of grand bargain
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition, fundraiser list and more
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * LG showcases the Watch Urbane in beautiful time lapse video of Barcelona
        * LG G4 free toys, Nokia smartphones, Android Wear update & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Humble Bundle teams up with Tin Man Games for latest mobile bundle
        * Samsung launches “Next is Now” campaign for Galaxy S6, S6 edge
        * Google+ brings changes, Material Design to Communities pages
        * More OPPO R7 leaked pictures, bezel-less display is gorgeous
        * LG G4 leaks, Huawei P8, Nokia Alcatel | Pocketnow Weekly 144

        * To Make Breast and Ovarian Cancer Tests More Affordable, Color Genomics Raises $15M
        * Capture All Of Your Adventures With This WiFi-Enabled Full HD Action Camera
        * Oppo Outs Another Entry-Level Android 4.4 Smartphone For $111
        * Native Union Unveils iPhone Case Made From Marble
        * Disney Research Finds A Way To Make Dubbing More Believable
        * The problem with using Facebook to fight crime
        * Initial Apple Watch Production Speculated To Be Built-To-Order

        * Four-run ninth rescues White Sox in opener
        * Petricka back in the mix for reshuffled bullpen
        * Focus for Hahn, Ventura remains in dugout
        * Rodon to get feet wet in 'pen before moving to rotation
        * White Sox Minor League Update: April 19-25
        * Rodon's future lies in White Sox rotation
        * White Sox try to rebound vs. Tribe behind Danks

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Miller: Gov. Bruce Rauner has big bucks behind .....
        * GOP’s Darin LaHood favored in race to replace S.....
        * Rauner opens new campaign front in pursuit of g.....
        * Rauner's dangerous talk of Chicago schools bank.....
        * Divided Rockford City Council endorses Rauner '.....
        * Rock Valley College's Citizenship program could.....
        * GOP's Darin LaHood favored in race to replace S.....
        * New IDOC director says union contracts causing .....
        * Racoons running rampant in Aledo..
        * Rockford City Council Talks Rauner Turnaround A.....


        * GOP's Darin LaHood favored in race to replace Schock
        * Trucker gets three-year sentence in fatal Tollway crash
        * Former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone dead at 70
        * Chicago police officer cleared in woman's shooting death
        * Madison man pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run of teen
        * Chicago police officer cleared in woman's shooting death
        * Interim Chicago schools chief calls for independent audit
        * GOP's LaHood remains front-runner in race to replace Schock
        * Low-level drug offenders in Chicago to be treated not jailed
        * Autopsy set after man's body found in vehicle in Rock River

        * Davis: Improvement needed in Springfield VA clinic wait times
        * New IDOC director says union contracts causing problems
        * GOP's LaHood remains front-runner in race to replace Schock
        * Illinois House votes to limit specialty license plates
        * Senate Democratic leadership shuffle bruises Schumer-Durbin friendship
        * Hopes dim for school funding formula overhaul's passage
        * State education board member quits over superintendent hire
        * Statehouse Insider: We're getting to the bottom of this
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Bruce Rauner is no Jim Thompson on labor issue
        * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget activities

        * Caterpillar hikes CEO pay to $17.1 million
        * Tribune Media pays up for top execs
        * U of C Medical Center nurses prepare to strike next week
        * Mayer Brown picks new partner to lead Chicago office
        * Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes


          * Alvarez proposes steering minor drug offenders to treatment
          * Protesters gather after officer's acquittal in fatal shooting
          * Judge acquits Chicago cop in fatal off-duty shooting, sparking anger
          * Lawsuit over naked crime scene photos headed for trial
          * Police: Man shot in back dies, 2nd man injured in separate shooting
          * Trucker gets three years in prison for fatal I-88 crash
          * Judge says Berrios doesn't have to pay $10,000 ethics fine
          * Retired bishop recounts Cardinal George's final moments
          * 5th Schock staffer says he's been subpoenaed
          * Three charged in connection with Zion shooting


          * Emergency room visits for mental health skyrocket in Chicago
          * Rauner's first 100 days: The fight between unions and Rauner
          * New Illinois education chief is urban school reform leader
          * Emanuel tells Spike Lee he doesn't like name 'Chiraq' for film
          * Chicago police officer cleared in woman's shooting death
          * Portage Park church mourns 'favorite son' Cardinal George
          * CPS Board president says Chicago schools under investigation
          * Cook County prosecutor to try new approach to drug crimes
          * Cardinal Francis George helped 'make his people holy'
          * Remembering Chicago's Cardinal Francis George


          * Davis: Improvement needed in Springfield VA clinic wait times
          * Our Opinion: Springfield still struggles to be tourist friendly
          * Kathleen Parker: 2016: The woman trap
          * Quote of the Day: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
          * New IDOC director says union contracts causing problems
          * GOP's LaHood remains front-runner in race to replace Schock
          * Illinois House votes to limit specialty license plates
          * Senate Democratic leadership shuffle bruises Schumer-Durbin friendship
          * Matt Dietrich: The dizzying agenda of Bruce Rauner
          * Hopes dim for school funding formula overhaul's passage


          * Griggsville-Perry takes two against Pittsfield
          * Carrollton downs Lady Tigers
          * Local Scoreboard
          * PBL girls' basketball nets new coach
          * Monday's highlights: Fisher dominates on the diamond
          * Kroner: For Litchfield, waiting pays off
          * Area statistics: Boys' tennis (April 21)
          * UI roundup: Softball's Thomas wins two awards
          * Former Illini racing past her competition
          * Students lead sexual assault awareness efforts


          * Imrem: Bulls stand their ground vs. battling Bucks
          * 'Sad day for Bears Nation' as former Bears captain Doug Buffone dies
          * Butler, Bulls battle their way to 2-0 series lead
          * Wheaton North savors victory against Naperville Central
          * 3 years for truck driver in fatal I-88 crash; trooper ‘insulted' by apology

          * Bost Checks Out Traffic Safety Days
          * Davis: Improvement needed in Springfield V...
          * Transit representatives, state politicians...
          * Congressional Candidates Are Fundraising L...
          * Simple answers to complex issues?
          * Lawmakers urge Congress to 'man up' on tra...
          * Surprise! Couple's 'secret' twin birth rev...
          * Durbin: New mission needed for Springfield...
          * Students stress importance of 4-H to Congress
          * FD: Family dog dies in 'suspicious' fire i...

          * ROBINSON: Confirm Loretta Lynch now...
          * Sharpton: GOP Opposes Loretta Lynch To ‘Se......
          * Corinthian Colleges' Long And Winding Road......

          * Republicans Want to Add Jailed Reporter to......
          * US senators condemn reported charges of es......
          * Kirk, Rubio condemn reported charges again......
          * Procedural mastermind Harry Reid has a plo......

          * Track Demolition To Close Wilson For A Week
          * Pensacola Place Sells For $66 Million
          * The Weekend In Chicago Rock
          * CPS CEO Bryd-Bennett Taking Leave Of Absence During Federal Probe (UPDATED)
          * Report: 2014 Wall Street Bonuses Were Double The Earnings Of 1 Million Low-Wage Workers
          * Report Finds Illinois Emergency Responders May Be Unaware Of Chemical Dangers
          * Interim CPS CEO Wants Independent Audit
          * Parking 101: How To Keep Tow Trucks From Towing Your Car
          * Mayor’s Motorcade Caught Blowing Through Red Lights…Again
          * Report: Illinois Black Unemployment Rate Expected To Fall In 2015, But Still At 'Crisis Level'


          * Illinoisans Receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Award - 6thAnnual Awards Ceremony to be Held on April 20thin Springfield
          * Get Smart About College Planning During Money Smart Week® - College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program offers tips to plan for--and afford--the cost of college
          * Motorcycle Season Revs Up, Riders Urged to “Gear Up-Ride Smart” - New Campaign Touts Staying Safe Through Proper Gear, Education
          * IDOT’s Operation Teen Safe Driving Program Announces 2014-15 Winning Schools - Innovative Program Helps Save Lives, Promotes Safe Driving Habits
          * State of Illinois Takes Action on Medical Cannabis Dispensary Applicants





              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller