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Samantha “Sami” Josephson was a senior at the University of South Carolina when she was murdered in 2019 after being kidnapped by a man pretending to be an Uber driver.

Sami’s Law was passed in a unanimous voice vote in honor of the New Jersey woman by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 29.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the bill’s prime sponsor, appeared on the House Floor announcing Sami’s Law will “require ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to deploy a verifiable electorinic access system to match drivers with passengers before the ride begins.”

“It’s bittersweet. It’s been emotional,” Sami’s parents, Marci and Seymour said in a statement. “We’d much rather have Samantha sitting with us here on the couch, but to create a law so nobody else gets hurt is a good thing. It’s a huge step to get it through the House. Now we need to get the Senate to act on it hopefully soon.”

In order to enhance safety for the ride-hailing public, Sami’s Law will also establish a 15-member advisory council that reports to the Secreatary of Transportation, make it unlawful to sell, or offer for sale, ride-sharing signage, and require a GAO report on the incidence of assault and abuse of both passengers and drivers.

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Rep. Smith (NJ-04) Remarks on the House Floor on passage of Sami's Law HR-4686

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