House panel OKs bill on ride-hail­ing rules

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - — BEN WEAR, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Leg­is­la­tion that would pre­empt city reg­u­la­tions on ride-hail­ing com­pa­nies, putting the in­dus­try un­der the Texas Depart­ment of Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tion, moved out of the House Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day on a 9-2 vote.

State Reps. Celia Is­rael, D-Austin, and Yvonne Davis, D-Dal­las, voted against House Bill 100. State Rep. Chris Pad­die, R-Mar­shall, is the bill’s au­thor.

Be­fore the vote, sev­eral com­mit­tee mem­bers said to ex­pect mean­ing­ful amend­ments on the House floor, in­clud­ing re­quire­ments for serv­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

A statewide ride-hail­ing bill by state Sen. Robert Ni­chols, R-Jack­sonville, Se­nate Bill 361, is await­ing a Se­nate vote. That leg­is­la­tion has nu­mer­ous re­quire­ments for ride-hail­ing com­pa­nies to fol­low — but no en­forc­ing agency, no fee for ride-hail­ing com­pa­nies and no penal­ties for vi­o­la­tors.

Se­nate Bill 176, which is sim­i­lar to Pad­die’s and was filed by state Sen. Charles Sch­w­ert­ner, R-Ge­orge­town, had a hear­ing at the same time as Ni­chols’ mea­sure.

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