House panel OKs bill on ride-hailing rules
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.