Connecticut lawmakers look to regulate electric scooters

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers are seeking to regulate electric foot scooters, or e-scooters, which have become popular across the U.S. in many cities and tourist locations.

The House of Representatives voted 143-1 on Tuesday in favor of legislation giving e-scooter riders the same rights, privileges and duties that currently exist for bicycle riders. The bill also allows cities and towns to regulate the scooters, which are often offered for rent by companies.

The bill awaits Senate action.

Shared electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular and can be seen zipping along city streets or littered on sidewalks. A report released by the National Association of City Transportation Officials found more people took trips on shared electric shooters than shared, docked bicycles in 2018.

Lawmakers contend scooters will be a problem if left unregulated.

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