A Kansas Republican issued a dismissive response to a constituent’s email voicing concerns over legislation that would prohibit Uber from operating in the state.
A Reddit user who goes by the name Thad-Jarvis posted a screen shot of the email exchange on the social media site, saying she had contacted state Rep. John Bradford (R-Lansing) and other lawmakers to ask them to remove a “poison pill” amendment from a bill regulating ride-sharing services.
“(Senate Bill) 117 was originally drafted to create a smart regulatory framework for ride-sharing,” she wrote to the lawmakers. “But in the final hours before the House of Representatives vote, big banks succeeded in adding an amendment that would interfere with free market competition and make it impossible for Uber to operate here.”
She explained that thousands of people in Kansas relied on Uber, and she said the bill would cost them money and eliminate transportation options for them.
“Please do the right thing for our state by opposing the poison pill amendment to SB 117,” she added. “Voters like me consider this a critical issue – please fight to keep Uber in Kansas!”
The lawmaker replied 25 minutes later, according to the screenshot of the email exchange posted online, but did not appear to be interested in his constituent’s concerns.
“I received your email,” Bradford. “I don’t need it, so I am sending it back to you.”
After her Reddit post began drawing hundreds of comments, Thad-Jarvis explained why the issue was so important to her.
“My interpretation of the proposed amendment is that it would become too costly for someone to be an Uber driver due to stricter regulations on insurance as well as requiring a business and chauffeur’s license,” she said.
“The whole concept of Uber is to allow everyday people to become part of ride-sharing,” she continued. “My husband calls this ‘financial intimidation,’ but I’m not sure if there’s a technical term for it.”
Missouri lawmakers are also considering bills that would that would limit the ability of cities to regulate ride-sharing services.
Lawmakers were apparently deluged with emails from concerned users of ride-sharing services.
Bradford has not yet commented on his reply, although Thad-Jarvis said others who contacted the lawmaker about Uber told her they received similar responses from him.