Lawmakers revisit background checks for Uber, Lyft drivers

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A late-arriving bill has California lawmakers revisiting the issue of mandating background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Assembly member Jim Cooper introduced legislation this month that would force potential drivers to undergo fingerprints and fine the companies up to $50,000 for hiring drivers convicted of serious crimes. Cooper, an Elk Grove Democrat, said he was spurred to write a bill after district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles charged Uber last month with employing drivers convicted of murder, sexual assault and other crimes.