A Lyft and Uber driver drives outside Kenner City Hall in Kenner, La. Thursday, March 23, 2017, before the city council discussed passing controversial Uber and Lyft regulations including a possible fee for picking up drivers at the airport.

Legislation that would set up statewide rules for Uber, Lyft and other ride-booking services was approved Monday by a Louisiana House committee despite criticism from some of the state's most influential groups.

The proposal is House Bill 527 by House Transportation Committee Chairman Kenny Havard, R-St. Francisville.

It cleared Havard's committee and next faces action in the full House.

Under the bill, the state would collect 1 percent of the services' gross receipts, most of which would then be returned to local governments where the rides took place.

Havard said the bill also would set up uniform, statewide regulations rather than the "patchwork" of rules in effect now through ordinances in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and other places.

Nick Juliano, who handles policy for Uber in the Southeast, said 42 states have rules like those in the bill, and implementing them in Louisiana would help spread the ride-hailing services throughout the state.

"Members of the committee, it is critical for our industry, as it is for many industries, that there be a single set of rules and regulations affecting our industry," Juliano said.

But the measure came under fire from representatives of the City of New Orleans, the Louisiana Municipal Association and the Louisiana Policy Jury Association.

Rodney Braxton, a lobbyist for New Orleans, said the legislation would cost the city $2 million per year. It would receive $2.4 million under its own rules versus about $400,000 if the bill becomes law. "We just have a lot of issues with this bill," Braxton said.

John Gallagher, executive director of the Louisiana Municipal Association, said his group has concerns about local ordinances being overridden by a state law.

Gallagher said local officials are also concerned about seeing audit results to ensure that cities are getting the revenue they are entitled to.

An official of the Public Service Commission questioned the legality of having the state Department of Agriculture oversee a form of commerce that, he said, is often watched by the PSC.

Havard said the key reason for criticism from New Orleans and elsewhere is money.

He said New Orleans would get $1.2 million per year if the bill becomes law, not $400,000, and that Baton Rouge would collect more revenue than it does now.

Havard said dollars sparked more concerns from critics of the bill than public safety, which he said would be improved if Uber, Lyft and other such services flourish statewide.

"How do you put a price on that?" he asked.

The bill would put Agriculture Department officials in charge of the rules, including permits, driver requirements and the disclosure of fares.

Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain downplayed concerns about local officials learning whether their allotments are accurate. "I am sure we can work out a mechanism," he told the committee.

The ban on local governments continuing to regulate Uber and Lyft is expected to cause more controversy, including how the bill would affect existing ordinances.

Havard said airports were removed from the ban.

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