March 14, 2017      2:02 PM
Senate Republicans and cities face off over ride sharing regulations
Senators want a framework that is “conservative, commonsense and minimal” while some cities fire back that the bills “undermine the safety of residents by stripping away best practice public safety measures”
debate over regulation of ride-hailing companies revved up in the Senate
Tuesday when the Business and Commerce Committee took
up three bills that would preempt local ride-hailing regulations.
three measures, though varied, would have essentially the same end result of
undoing any measures put in place by cities to regulate the companies like Uber
Last year such regulations notably caused the two companies to leave Austin –
and the tension from that departure was still palpable in the room Tuesday.
from several ride hailing companies and cities around the state, as well as
persons representing taxicab and similar services, were among those who
testified at the hearing.
By Eleanor Dearman