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Time for Nevada to join the rest of the world and legalize Uber

A very successful retired businessman and former high-ranking government official in the Bush administration sent an email to some friends on Sunday letting us know he was in Singapore using Uber – the worldwide ride-sharing membership club.

“Yet I couldn’t use it in Reno to get to the airport to fly here. Or in Las Vegas last week instead of renting a car.”

One of this gentlemen’s friends replied to the email…

“And I am in London using it now, having traveled from the apartment to San Francisco airport using Uber as well.”

Indeed, the author of the original email linked to a global list of where Uber’s service is available.

“Look at this list of U.S. cities and countries around the globe where Uber operates and tell me Las Vegas is not setting itself up to be regarded as third world.”

Indeed!

As the Nevada Legislature continues to botch what should be the simple task of simply declaring that – contrary to a highly-suspect judicial opinion of one court-shopped judge in Reno – it is legal in a private transaction for one consenting adult to provide a ride to the grocery store to another consenting adult at a mutually agreed upon fee.

In addition, that declaration of legality need not include imposing ridiculous, unnecessary and unwarranted government regulations on the private affairs of a private membership club – let alone socking those members with a new tax to pay for the construction of a new medical school at UNLV!

Are these people insane?

We haven’t seen extortion such as this since the mob was run out of town by corporate bean counters on the Strip.

But back to that list.

If Uber is good enough to operate in these places…

North America

Akron

Albuquerque

Amarillo

Ann Arbor

Asheville, NC

Athens

Atlanta

Auburn, AL

Augusta

Austin

Bakersfield

Baltimore

Baton Rouge

Bloomington-Normal

Boise

Boston

Broward and Palm Beach

Burlington

Cedar Rapids

Central Atlantic Coast, FL

Champaign

Charleston, SC

Charlotte

Charlottesville, VA

Chattanooga

Chicago

Cincinnati

Cleveland

College Station

Columbia, MO

Columbia, SC

Columbus

Connecticut

Corpus Christi

Dallas

Dayton

Denver

Des Moines

Detroit

Edmonton

El Paso

Erie

Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville, NC

Flagstaff

Flint

Florida Keys

Fort Myers-Naples

Fort Wayne

Fresno

Gainesville

Grand Rapids

Greater Maryland

Green Bay

Greenville, SC

Guadalajara

Halifax

Hampton Roads

Hamptons

Harrisburg

Honolulu

Houston

Indianapolis

Inland Empire

Jackson

Jacksonville

Kalamazoo

Kansas City

Knoxville

Lafayette, LA

Lancaster, PA

Lansing

Las Cruces

Lawrence

Lehigh Valley

Lexington

Lincoln

Little Rock

Los Angeles

Louisville

Lubbock

Madison

Manhattan

Maui

Memphis

Mexico City

Miami

Milwaukee

Minneapolis

Modesto

Monterrey

Montreal

Myrtle Beach

NW Indiana

Nashville

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Jersey (Shore)

New Orleans

New York City

Ocala, FL

Oklahoma City

Omaha

Orange County

Orlando

Ottawa

Oxford

Palm Springs

Panama City, Fl

Pensacola, FL

Philadelphia

Phoenix

Piedmont Triad, NC

Pittsburgh

Portland

Portland, ME

Providence

Quebec City

Raleigh-Durham

Reading, PA

Richmond

Roanoke-Blacksburg

Rockford

Sacramento

Salem

Salt Lake City

San Antonio

San Diego

San Francisco

San Luis Obispo

Santa Barbara

Santa Fe

Sarasota

Savannah-Hilton Head

Seattle

South Bend

Spokane

Springfield, IL

St Louis

State College

Stillwater

Tacoma

Tallahassee

Tampa Bay

Tijuana

Toledo

Topeka

Toronto

Tucson

Tulsa

Tuscaloosa

Vancouver, WA

Ventura

Waco

Washington D.C.

Western MA

Wichita

Wilkes-Barre Scranton

Wilmington, NC

Worcester

Central & South America

Barranquilla

Belo Horizonte

Bogotá

Brasilia

Cali – Colombia

Lima

Medellin

Panama, Panama

Rio de Janeiro

Santiago

São Paulo

Europe, Middle East & Africa

Abu Dhabi

Amman

Amsterdam

Athens, GR

Baku

Barcelona

Basel

Beirut

Berlin

Birmingham

Bordeaux

Brussels

Bucharest

Budapest

Cairo

Cape Town

Copenhagen

Doha

Dubai

Dublin

Durban

Dusseldorf

Eastern Province, KSA

Frankfurt

Gdansk

Geneva

Genoa

Gothenburg

Hamburg

Helsinki

Istanbul

Jeddah

Johannesburg

Krakow

Lagos

Lausanne

Leeds

Lille

Lisbon

London

Lyon

Madrid

Manama

Manchester

Milan

Moscow

Munich

Nairobi

Newcastle

Nice

Oslo

Padua

Paris

Porto

Prague

Riyadh

Rome

Rotterdam

Saint Petersburg

Sofia

Stockholm

Tel Aviv

Toulouse

Turin

Valencia

Vienna

Warsaw

Zurich

Asia Pacific

Adelaide

Ahmedabad

Auckland

Bali

Bangalore

Bangkok

Beijing

Brisbane

Chandigarh

Chengdu

Chennai

Chongqing

Fukuoka

Geelong

Gold Coast

Guangzhou

Hangzhou

Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh City

Hong Kong

Hyderabad

Jaipur

Jakarta

Johor Bahru

Kochi

Kolkata

Kuala Lumpur

Manila

Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula

Mumbai

New Delhi

Penang

Perth

Pune

Seoul

Shanghai

Shenzhen

Singapore

Sydney

Taipei

Tianjin

Tokyo

Wellington

Wuhan

…why isn’t it good enough to operate in Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Elko and Lake Tahoe?

Republicans control both houses of the Nevada Legislature, as well as the Governor’s office.

So not a single Democrat vote is needed to legalize ride-sharing in Nevada as long as Republicans give up this non-Republican/anti-free market notion of regulating the life out of Uber and others, as well as the absurd attempt to build a medical school on the backs of ride-sharing customers.

It’s an embarrassment that legislative Republicans haven’t legalized Uber yet.

It’s long past time to “git ‘er done.”

Just do it already.

Sheesh.