Transportation, education bills up for debate at Arizona State Capitol

PHOENIX - It's going to be a busy day at Arizona's State Capitol. Two contentious issues that could affect the future of both special education and social ride programs are up for debate.

On the House side Arizona House Bill 2262 is up for debate. The bill is centered around insurance and social ride programs like Uber.

HB2262 proposes that social apps like Uber be exempt from some rules that apply to taxi and limo drivers.

Right now taxi and limo drivers are required to have insurance at all times. Uber drivers however, are only required to have additional insurance when a passenger is in the car.

Opponents of the bill argue that full time insurance is important because of what happened to a 6-year-old girl last year.

The girl was hit and killed by an Uber driver. Uber though, denied liability because the driver did not have a rider in the car at the time of the collision.

Several amendments proposed for HB2262 would require Uber drivers to have full time extended insurance. Uber said that requirement could potentially eliminate thousands of jobs and force Uber to shut down in the Valley.

Another bill receiving a lot of attention today is Senate Bill 1237. SB1237 would make it easier for parents of special needs children to get additional funding for education.

Under the proposed new rules, students could now be classified as special needs by third party contractors instead of only by school districts.

While so far the bill has proved overly popular at the Capitol there is some controversy over funding. During an earlier hearing, lobbyists for the bill incorrectly reported funding numbers.

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