Published On: Tue, Apr 7th, 2015

Gov. Otter Lets Uber Self Regulating Bill Become Law in Idaho

Team Uber Idaho declared in a press release: "Today, it's official: Uber is here to stay."

Gov. Butch Otter

Gov. Butch Otter on Monday let Idaho House Bill 262, dubbed “the Uber bill”, become law without his signature, KTVB reported.

The new law permits ride sharing companies like Uber regulate themselves, allowing them to disregard laws and regulations imposed by city governments.

The new law wil resolve the ongoing conflict between the city of Boise and Uber over insurance and other regulations: it’s no longer a problem, Uber can now do what it wants.

The Idaho Senate passed the bill in March. The vote was 23-11 in favor, with four Republicans and all seven Senate Democrats objected.

Democratic Sen. Maryanne Jordan from Boise, who also serves as president of the Boise City Council, is concerned about the says the flimsy background checks under the new law.

And Team Uber Idaho declared in a press release: “Today, it’s official: Uber is here to stay.”

Yes it is. Just avoid raping folks and, for heaven’s sake, do try to buy some insurance, just in case.

“Now Idaho is part of the momentum sweeping the nation, joining cities and states across the country that have embraced innovation and adopted a smart regulatory framework for ridesharing, ” the Uber press release said. “We couldn’t have done this without Idahoans like you. You envisioned an Idaho connected by safe, reliable rides, and helped guide this legislation through to the finish line. We are thrilled to officially call Idaho home. ”

And in the best tradition of robber barons since the dawn of history, Uber offered passengers ordering uberX rides in the Treasure Valley—where the Payette, Boise, Weiser, Malheur, Owyhee, and Burnt rivers drain into the Snake River—free cupcakes with every ride while supplies last.

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