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Bend Council Paves Way For Uber, Lyft


In this Dec. 16, 2014, a woman leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco.

In this Dec. 16, 2014, a woman leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco.

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The Bend City Council has approved a new taxi code that allows ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in Central Oregon’s largest city.

The measure stalled a few weeks ago when councilors decided the draft proposal needed changes, including what kind of crimes revealed through background checks would prevent someone from becoming a driver.

A city attorney explained the changes Wednesday and the proposal passed. The Bulletin newspaper reports councilors must approve it a second time before it becomes law.

Lyft has yet to say whether it plans to operate in Bend. Uber has expressed interest and could be operating there by late spring.

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