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The Consumer Technology Association has put out an Innovation Scorecard for the last three years. The rankings are based on a mix of qualitative and quantitative factors.

Director of Policy Communications Izzy Santa says the point is to encourage some friendly competition among states, and give policy makers some ideas to improve their standing.

The Idaho House has approved a plan to let the ridesharing company Uber sidestep local city ordinances and operate the way it wants in Idaho.

The bill passed Monday 56-12 over opposition from most of the chamber's Democrats.

House Minority Leader Rep. John Rusche says that cities should be able to make their own rules, like they do for taxi drivers.

He also argued that the law's background check requirement for drivers isn't rigorous enough.

A panel in the Idaho House agreed to introduce legislation Thursday that would define ride-sharing services like Uber in state law -- and trump local efforts to regulate them.

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Ridesharing company Uber has suspended operations in Boise.

The company in a three-page letter to city leaders on Thursday says it became clear at a city council work session on Tuesday that the city plans to impose unworkable and onerous regulations. Uber spokesperson Michael Amodeo says the company does vehicle inspections and background checks on drivers.

“We think additional background checks would just place an additional hurdle or barrier to entry for our drivers that would make it more difficult for them to earn a living with the Uber platform," says Amodeo.

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Boise City Council members had three hours of questions this afternoon about how ride-sharing platform Uber would work – and be regulated by the city.  In the end, the council voted unanimously to have an ordinance drafted for a public hearing by the end of next month.

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The Boise City Council Tuesday put off a decision on whether to allow ride-sharing service Uber to operate, saying tweaks were needed to the agreement before allowing the service to become permanent and charge customers.

The council's inaction means Uber can still operate in Boise, but it can't charge passengers.

The council will again take up the matter Feb 24.

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There’s been another potential bump in the road in the relationship between the City of Boise and app-based car service Uber.

After a row with the city a month ago, Uber agreed not to charge in Boise until the two sides settled on a long term operating agreement.

But some Boiseans took to Twitter over the weekend to complain about being unexpectedly charged for Uber rides.

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The city of Boise has issued a cease-and-desist order to Uber, the app-based car service company. City officials say Uber is violating an agreement not to charge passengers until the city gives it the go ahead.

Uber has been operating in Boise since October under a temporary agreement with the city. Boise and Uber were in negotiations for a permanent contract.

Uber is coming to Boise, at least temporarily. The ride-sharing app, which connects passengers with drivers, starts a temporary free trail in the city Thursday.

Uber has been around since 2009 and operates in more than 200 cities worldwide.

It works like this: riders download an app on their phone, plug in a destination, and choose a driver to pick them up. Drivers use their own cars.