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S. 1871: Sami’s Law

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Should Uber and Lyft vehicles be required to show more visible identification, to prevent people from mistakenly getting into other vehicles?


Samantha “Sami” Josephson was abducted and murdered in April, after entering a vehicle she mistakenly thought was her Uber ride she’d requested a few minutes prior. The New Jersey native was a 21-year-old University of South Carolina senior.

In response, her home state of New Jersey on June 20 became the first state to sign Sami’s Law, which requires rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft to:

  • Display two “identifying markers” on the front windshield and rear window.
  • Display two placards with the driver’s name, photograph, and license plate number on the driver’s side and passenger’s side rear windows.
  • Display two copies of ...

Sponsor and status

Benjamin Cardin

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Maryland. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2019
Length: 12 pages
Jun 13, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 13, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 13, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
See Instead

H.R. 4686 (same title)
Passed House (Senate next) — Jul 29, 2020


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senators Urge Federal Action to Better Protect Ride-Share Passengers
    — Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] (Sponsor) on Jun 18, 2019

Menendez, Booker Urge Federal Action to Protect Ride-Share Passengers
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 18, 2019

<span class='\"kicker\"'>Rep. Smith Guest on Fox News Pushing for Sami's Law</span>Smith Speaks on 'Sami's Law,' Rideshare Safety
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] on Dec 9, 2019

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Jun 13, 2019

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