House Passes T&I Legislation, Including Bill to Improve Ridesharing Safety
Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) applauded the House passage of three bills under the jurisdiction of the committee, including a bill to strengthen ridesharing safety.
“I applaud the House for passing three bipartisan Transportation and Infrastructure Committee bills this week,” Chair DeFazio said. “In particular, I’m pleased to see the House pass H.R. 1082, Sami’s Law, which will honor the life of Sami Josephson, who was kidnapped and killed by a predator posing as her rideshare driver. H.R. 1082 marks the first step in helping prevent another horrible tragedy in the future. I am also pleased to honor the legacy of my late colleague and friend, Senator Paul Wellstone by naming the Federal building located at 212 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the ‘Paul D. Wellstone Federal Building.’ We were both wrestlers in our youth and I never saw him back down from a fight for what’s right.”
More information on the bills passed on suspension can be found below:
S. 5060, Paul D. Wellstone Building Act of 2022
This bill, introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar, designates the Federal building located at 212 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the “Paul D. Wellstone Federal Building.” Paul David Wellstone was an advocate for marginalized communities and fought for peace, civil rights, and social justice. He was elected to the Senate in 1990 and was tragically killed in a plane crash in Minnesota on October 25, 2002. The loss of Senator Wellstone was mourned across the United States.
S. 4017 would designate the United States courthouse located at 111 South Highland Avenue in Jackson, Tennessee, as the ‘‘James D. Todd United States Courthouse.’’
This bill, introduced by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), designates the U.S. courthouse located at 111 South Highland Avenue in Jackson, Tennessee, as the “James D. Todd United States Courthouse.”
H.R. 1082, Sami’s Law
This bill as amended and originally introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), prohibits the sale of any signage that is designed to identify a transportation network company (TNC) vehicle or that contains a TNC’s proprietary trademark or logo, unless authorized by the TNC. The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the incidence of assaults, including sexual assaults, on TNC passengers and drivers, and to review background checks conducted on prospective TNC drivers.
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