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Hawaii lawmakers look to regulate companies like Uber, Lyft

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By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to close the gap in car insurance coverage for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.

Supporters of the bill say right now, Uber and Lyft drivers might not be covered by insurance for accidents and injuries depending on whether a passenger is in the car. The Hawaii bill would set rules for insurance requirements for transportation network companies and their drivers.

The bill would've originally set regulations for insurance for self-storage facilities, but was gutted to replace the language with rules about insurance for companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The Honolulu City Council is also considering a proposal to treat transportation network companies like taxis, but opponents say it could drive companies like Uber and Lyft out of the state.

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