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March 02, 2007 12:33 AM UTC

Strange Bedfellows Indeed

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  • by: Colorado Pols

We talked yesterday about the ridiculous arguments being made by the taxi cab companies in an effort to stop HB-1114, and today the Rocky Mountain News has a follow-up story from their report about long waits for taxis:

The state Public Utilities Commission has begun investigating a taxi company in response to a Rocky Mountain News story Wednesday about a disabled woman who waited more than two hours for a 1 1/2-mile cab ride home. It wasn’t her first such wait.

“This is clearly a violation of our rules. They’re supposed to be there in 45 minutes,” said PUC Director Doug Dean. “If this is occurring, which it appears be, it’s unacceptable.”

Today HB-1114 passed out of committee with a surprising 10 votes after a hearing that saw supportive testimony from a strange consensus: Representatives of both Labor Unions and the conservative Independence Institute. With such strong bipartisan support, the bill should have little trouble from here on out.

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  1. This is exactly the type of bipartisan coalition Governor Ritter loves to see. The drivers had three former State PUC heads, two Republicans and one Democrat there to support the bill. Witnesses from across the political spectrum gave vivid testimony. Representatives from business and labor joined together in a call for fundamental reform of the taxi industry. That is why a majority of both parties supported the bill. People are tired of monopolies that fail to serve the public and rip off their employees.

  2. I was at the hearing and it was quite a sight.  The old Supreme Court room at the Capitol was packed to the gills with the taxi drivers.  The taxicab companies were certainly made to look bad.  One witness was Diane King, who is working on a civil rights claim against one of the operators.  The abuses against the cabbies were so ugly and numerous, Rep. McFayden finally had to say “we get the point…”  It sounds like the bill still needs to major work, and there were several amendments that made it hard to understand what was happening with the bill, but I think it has picked up a full head of steam and should be able to get out of the House.

    It is not often you will an erruption of applause after a committee vote … quite a sight.

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