Ben Hueso

Senate panel blocks bill targeting ride-hailing app pricing

A California Senate on Tuesday blocked legislation aimed at preventing ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft from adjusting their prices based on demand, a practice known as "surge pricing" that is at the heart of the companies' business models.

The bill would also have allowed stricter background checks for ride-sharing drivers and required the companies to report data to the state. It has drawn fierce opposition from the technology industry, which warns it would dismantle the popular ride-hailing companies.

The bill, SB1035, fell one vote short in the Transportation and Housing Committee.

Sen. Ben Hueso, a San Diego Democrat with longstanding family ties...