Bill HD1068 - An Act Concerning the Deregulation of Certain Passenger Transportation
For a number of years, a Bill to deregulate certain passenger transportation has made an annual appearance in the Colorado State Legislature. On 3 Feb 2000, it once again made an appearance was once again defeated. The Denver Post reported the following:
Pfiffner, a Lakewood Republican and champion of deregulation, urged the committee to "end the barrier" that keeps entrepreneurs from competing with state-regulated taxi companies.
He said it would drive rates down, and he added background checks to the bill to ensure that drivers - who still would be licensed - have not been convicted of assault or sex crimes. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission would be responsible for vehicle safety, too.
But, in a room packed with perhaps 150 cab drivers, opposition witnesses talked about cities where deregulation actually has driven up rates.
Rep. Paul Zimmerman, D-Thornton, a union truck driver, argued that the current system is more effective at weeding out drivers who might be dangerous.
Republican Reps. Dorothy Gotlieb of Denver, Andy McElhany of Colorado Springs and, for the final vote, Mark Larson of Cortez joined Zimmerman and the committee's three other Democrats in voting to leave deregulation standing at the curb for yet another year.
On 4 February 2000, at the following web site address, an informational copy was found on the State of Colorado web site
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