Uber Ceases All Kansas Operations Over New Transportation Bill

May 06, 2015 08:00 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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Uber's legal issues continued on Wednesday, as the ride-sharing company decided to cease its services in Kansas following a bill that makes it difficult to operate in the state.

The Kansas Senate voted 96-25 on Tuesday to override Governor Sam Brownback's veto of a bill to enforce harsher regulations on all ride-hailing services, like Uber, according to Reuters.

The Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act says that all companies need to make sure drivers have collision and comprehensive insurance and new drivers must undergo background checks conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Uber argued that it already offers commercial auto insurance coverage for drivers and already conducts its own background checks, according to Reuters.

That wasn't enough to sway voters though, so now users in Kansas won't be able to use the Uber app, at least for the time being.

The San Francisco-based company has been battling cities and countries around the world arguing that it isn't a normal taxi service and shouldn't have to comply with taxicab guidelines.

Back in March, the ride-sharing service said it would cease operations in Anchorage, Alaska over an issue with how Uber drivers get paid.

Uber also stopped operations in Boise, Idaho in February after negotiations with city leaders over regulations fell through, according to Reuters.

The company still operates in 53 countries and 200 cities around the globe and is currently valued at about $40 billion.

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