California leaning to keep app-based drivers contractors

California Politics

FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California ballot measure that would exempt Uber, Lyft and other app-based delivery drivers from being classified as company employees eligible for benefits and job protections is holding a strong lead.

The more than $225 million measure bankrolled largely by the titans of the so-called gig economy is the most expensive in state history and had 58% of more than 10 million votes counted so far Tuesday.

Supporters of Proposition 22 claimed victory, though millions of votes remained to be counted.

They say the measure would allow drivers to maintain the freedom to work when they choose.

Opponents say the companies exploit drivers to keep profits high.

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