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Statewide ride-sharing rules pass Legislature

May 18, 2017 - 12:02 am
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(Austin/KJCE) Uber and Lyft could be back on their way to Austin, after the Legislature passed a bill creating a new statewide framework for regulating ride-share companies.

The Texas Senate passed House Bill 100 by a 21-9 vote on its third and final reading Wednesday; the bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott's desk, who is expected to sign it. The new law will take effect immediately upon Abbott's signature.

The bill will override local ordinances such as Austin's - which carries stricter requirements than the state law, including fingerprinting drivers. The state law calls for annual background checks of drivers, but not fingerprinting of drivers.

Uber and Lyft both left the Austin market in May 2016 after voters defeated a measure to change Austin's ride-sharing ordinance, and rules requiring fingerprinting of drivers went into effect. Both companies indicated Wednesday evening that they would return to Austin as soon as possible once the new law takes effect.

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