Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced in January that the White House will work with Congress to provide federal oversight of “ride-sharing” companies, in response to the murder of a New Jersey woman by a fake Uber driver.

“Sami’s Law” is named after University of South Carolina senior, Samantha Josephson, who was kidnapped and murdered in 2019, after accidentally getting into a car she thought was her Uber. The bill seeks to set up a digital access system to allow passengers to verify their app-hailed vehicles in advance and will promote more effective driver background checks.

Nathaniel Rowland was convicted of Josephson’s murder in 2021.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a state law named after Josephson in 2019 that requires illuminated signs and digital barcodes on app-hail vehicles.


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