Uber has long insisted that it’s simply a tech company, not a driving service—and new legislation supports that narrow definition of its growing corporate empire. Guess which company helped draft the legislation. Guess. Guess. Guess. Guess. Guess.
In Ohio, state Rep. Bob Hackett said Uber, Lyft, the taxi industry and other parties were involved in drafting the bill.
At one point, Uber sent five representatives to a meeting with members of the insurance industry to negotiate language in the bill, Hackett said.
Democracy in action, baby.
The Ohio bill, along with a similar pending bill in Florida, classifies Uber drivers as independent contractors, giving the company’s controversial stance on the drivers who use its app a stronger legal basis in those states. The Ohio and Florida regulations will resemble laws in Indiana, Arkansas, and North Carolina that categorize Uber drivers in the same way.