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Nov 17, 2015 12:10 PM

Portsmouth officials delay action on Uber law change request

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Portsmouth officials will take more time to review Uber's proposal to change an ordinance by removing a criminal background check requirement for ride-hailing companies.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the council voted on Monday to delay action on the changes and discuss the issue again at a later date.

An attorney representing Uber wants to remove a provision that forbids people from driving for taxi or ride-hailing services if they've been convicted of a misdemeanor in the last seven years or a felony in the past 15 years involving controlled substances or violence.

Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine moved to authorize the council to consider the changes. Mayor Bob Lister has said he won't support a change to the transportation ordinance and voted against an additional review on Monday.

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