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April 19, 2017      6:42 PM

House tentatively passes ride hailing regulations 110 to 37

Non-discrimination debate breaks out, amendment is added to allow paying cash for ride hailing, and data sharing with cities is added

With the school finance debate looming and an overnight State Affairs hearing slated on the House’s alternative version of a privacy bill, the full House spent the bulk of the midday debating ride hailing companies and how best to regulate them.

The House tentatively passed a bill creating a statewide framework for ride hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. The bill by Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, was approved with a 110 to 37 vote, surviving attempted points of order by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, and Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston.

The bill is one of several proposals for ride hailing regulations this session. The issue of ride hailing regulations gained more traction at the Capitol after Uber and Lyft opted to leave Austin following a citywide vote on a local ordinance.

By Eleanor Dearman

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