Kansas shuts down Uber service

WICHITA, Kansas (MEDIA GENERAL) – Uber shuts down in Kansas after the Legislature overrides Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto.

The company said in a statement shortly after Tuesday’s House vote that it was ceasing operations in the state. Both legislative chambers comfortably surpassed the two-thirds majority votes needed for the override.

Uber’s statement said it was saddened by the loss of jobs and transportation choice for consumers.

The measure requires drivers for ride-hailing companies to undergo state background checks and hold additional auto insurance coverage.

Uber connects drivers to riders through a mobile app, and was operating in Wichita and Kansas City.

The Uber app displayed a message saying “KANSAS JUST SHUT DOWN UBER” to Kansas users after the Senate vote.

The governor issued the following statement in response to today’s override of that veto:

As I said when I vetoed this bill, Kansas should be known as a state that welcomes and embraces innovation and the economic growth that comes with it. Over-regulation of businesses discourages investment and harms the open and free marketplace.  Uber, and other innovative businesses, should be encouraged to operate, grow and create jobs here in Kansas.”

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