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California Lawmakers Debate Whether State Workers Can Use Airbnb

There’s disagreement in California over whether state employees should be able to be reimbursed for staying at Airbnb properties and using rideshare services like Uber when on work-related travel.

A temporary law that allows them to do so is set to expire at the end of the year and lawmakers are considering a measure to make the policy permanent.

But a union for hotel and other travel industry workers called Unite Here says the policy hurts taxpayers because it can leave the state on the hook for surge pricing.

The bill to allow California state workers to be reimbursed when they use gig economy services is awaiting a vote in the state Assembly Appropriations Committee.

“By extending this policy indefinitely, (the bill) makes it impossible for the state to establish contractual conditions that insure that the taxpayers receive the best value and that state employees travel safely and securely,” Unite Here wrote.

Unite Here is a frequent critic of Airbnb.

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