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Marco Rubio (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida Senator Marco Rubio is once again targeting government regulations, this time targeting both federal and state rules that he believes impede new technologies.

Senator Rubio will discuss his ideas on economic and technologies at the Washington headquarters of the ridesharing service Uber.

The company utilizes a mobile app that connects passengers to drivers, who are often everyday people seeking extra income by picking up extra fares.

The company uses a mobile app that connects passengers to drivers, who are often everyday people seeking extra income by picking up fares.

Uber operates in more than 70 cities around the world, but local regulations prevent the on-demand car service from competing with traditional taxis in Miami and other Florida cities.

Rubio has called such rules antiquated and says government should streamline regulations. Taxi drivers argue that ridesharing companies need more scrutiny because they are avoiding costly requirements commercial drivers are forced to follow.

Rubio said Miami-Dade County regulations that stand in the way of Uber include forcing passengers to wait at least an hour for a non-taxi option, charging at least $70 for each ride regardless of distance, and a requirement to book the vehicle’s services for at least two hours.

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