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CARSON CITY, Nev. » Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed two bills to regulate ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft in Nevada.

Sandoval gave final approval to AB175 and AB176 on Friday, the same day that cab drivers in Las Vegas staged a protest against the companies.

AB175 sets up a regulatory framework for ride-hailing companies and imposes a 3 percent fare tax for taxi and Uber rides. AB176 places ride-hailing companies under the jurisdiction of the Nevada Transportation Authority.

Sen. Kelvin Atkinson has said the companies plan to start operations in Nevada on July 1. The tax is projected to raise at least $70 million over the next two years.

Uber briefly operated in Nevada last fall before a judge issued a restraining order against the company, saying it wasn’t following taxicab regulations.

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