After weeks sitting on the back burner in the Texas Senate, a bill to regulate paid ride companies such as Uber and Lyft at the state level returns to the spotlight Thursday.
The Senate State Affairs Committee , led by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, will discuss HB 100 Thursday, according to the committee’s revised schedule. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assigned the bill to Huffman’s committee Tuesday, three weeks after the bill by State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marhsall, passed the state House.
The bill would place so-called transportation network companies that connect willing drivers and interested riders via smartphone app under state regulations and prohibit cites from having their own rules. Companies such as Uber and Lyft currently must follow municipal rules, which vary around Texas.
That has led the companies to complain about a patchwork of confusing, sometimes conflicting rules . As a result, Lyft left Houston when rules went into effect in November 2014, and both companies exited Austin after voters there approved city rules the companies called too stringent.
In both Austin and Houston, drivers must undergo fingerprint-based background checks, something the companies have opposed, favoring their own national database check that relies on Social Security numbers.
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