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Nevada Senate Strikes Compromise On Uber Bill; Vote Expected Soon

John Locher / File / AP

Uber West Coast Regional Manager William Barnes sits in the back of a car during a photo shoot Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Las Vegas.

John Locher / File / AP

(AP) - Bill language that would allow for ride-hailing companies such as Uber in Nevada is back after a similar proposal failed a Senate vote last month.

Senators agreed Thursday to add a major amendment to AB175, a bill that changes rules about lawsuits in taxicab crashes. The Senate is expected to vote on the amended bill soon.

The amendment revives many of the provisions of hard-fought SB439, which would create regulations for so-called "transportation network companies" that allow people to hail a ride using a smartphone. SB439 failed when Democrats opposed it.

The new language removes a proposed 25-cent-per-ride surcharge, and instead places a 3 percent tax on the total fare for rides through a cab company or a ride-hailing company.

It also changes provisions about insurance and background checks.