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Too bad Uber-Kansas spat couldn’t have been avoided

In the end, passing a bill to both regulate and welcome ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft in Kansas didn’t look so hard after all: The votes were 119-3 in the House and 37-0 in the Senate on Tuesday. Assuming Gov. Sam Brownback signs rather than vetoes this bill, the move ensures Kansans won’t be left out of this app-based transportation phenomenon. Too bad the industry and Legislature couldn’t have worked through their differences up front, rather than engage in public bullying of each other and invite national and international headlines such as “Uber? It’s not in Kansas anymore” and “Cab company Uber gets out of Dodge to steer clear of Kansas rules.” – Rhonda Holman