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Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton). Photo courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Chris Smith’s ‘Sami’s Law’ passes House

By David Wildstein, July 31 2020 5:09 pm

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to use an enhanced digital system to verify passengers with the correct ride-hailing vehicles and drivers passed the House without opposition on Wednesday.

Sami’s Law is named after Sami Josephson, a 21-year old Robbinsville woman who was murdered in March 2019 after entering what she believed to be the Uber car she had ordered.

Josephson’s parents worked with Smith to create a law that would a safer environment for ride-sharing passengers.

Smith credited Marci and Seymour Josephson with making a “lasting change” in their daughter’s memory.

“For over a year—especially given the pain due to the unimaginable loss of their daughter—Seymour and Marci have been heroic, tenacious and extraordinarily persuasive,” he said in remarks on the House floor. “They have been a critically important part of the often-intense negotiations with multiple stakeholders including Uber and Lyft on both the substance and text of Sami’s Law.

The 20-term Republican lawmaker also credited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “her strong personal commitment to this cause.” He said that Pelosi met with Josephson’s parents and treated them with “deep respect, kindness and total empathy for their loss.”

The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate.

New Jersey enacted a version of Sami’s Law in 2019.

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