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JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation paving a way for ride-share companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to do business in Alaska.
Anchorage Republican Sen. Mia Costello, a supporter of the measure, called it a jobs bill.
The bill classifies ride-share drivers as independent contractors. It sets out rules for insurance and background checks for drivers.
During the legislative debate, taxi companies worried the entrance of ride-share operators would drive down wages for their drivers.
The bill allows municipalities by ordinance to bar ride-share companies within municipal boundaries if voters approve doing so.
Lyft released a statement Thursday saying it will be operating in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks.