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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would set regulations for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

The initial approval of House Bill 2262 on Tuesday comes after weeks of furious lobbying by the two companies and by taxi firms who oppose the new services.

The ride-sharing services allow members to hail rides with a swipe of smartphone on sites like Uber and Lyft.

The amended bill exempts rideshare companies from the commercial insurance requirement that affects traditional taxi, limo and livery companies by not requiring drivers be insured at all times on the job. It also would not require rideshare drivers be drug tested.

The Senate must still cast a roll-call vote.

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