Arizona Governor Sticks Up For Airbnb In New Law
Andrew Dalton, Engadget on May 13, 2016
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1350 today, which will prevent cities in the state from banning short-term rental services like Airbnb or HoweAway. According to an earlier report from Forbes, Governor Ducey’s end goal is to turn Arizona into The Sharing Economy State, which is a little different from the state’s current motto of “God enriches.”
A lobbyist group called Travel Technology Association, which counts Airbnb and Expedia among its members, obviously supports the bill, saying in a statement that it is “a win for everyone” and “Arizona has proven itself to be forward-thinking when it comes to public policy, willing to embrace the peer-to-peer economy while also balancing the interests of all stakeholders.” Governor Ducey has also been selling it as a move that will inject tourism dollars directly in the pockets of Arizonans, rather than the big hotel chains.
On the other end of the spectrum, however, Berlin recently banned whole-apartment rentals through the Airbnb, while the company itself has been cracking down on illegal hotels in its hometown of San Francisco.