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Senate Passes Bill Regulating Uber, Similar Firms In Nevada

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) - Lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow ride-hailing companies such as Uber in Nevada and is expected to raise tens of millions of dollars to help a budget shortfall.

Senators voted 18-1 on Monday for AB175, which would create regulations for so-called "transportation network companies" that allow people to hail a ride using a smartphone.

The bill had failed twice, including in a vote on Friday. Democratic opponents said they didn't immediately trust supporters' assertion that a tax on cab and Uber rides would raise $100 million.

All Democrats voted in favor of the bill Monday except Sen. Mark Manendo.

Uber briefly operated in Nevada last fall before a judge issued a restraining order against the company, saying it wasn't following rules for taxicabs.