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Texas House votes on ride-sharing bill

April 20, 2017 - 7:24 am

(Austin/KJCE) The Texas House is nearing passage of a bill that would create a statewide regulatory system for ride-sharing companies.

On Wednesday, House Bill 100 was tentatively approved by a 110-37 vote. The bill would establish a statewide framework for regulating ride-sharing companies, including Uber and Lyft. It would also undo more stringent local rules, such as an Austin ordinance that caused Uber and Lyft to leave town.

Under the bill, ride-sharing companies would be required to obtain an annual permit from the state, and pay an annual fee. Companies would be required to perform local, state and national criminal background checks on drivers annually, but not perform a fingerprint-based background check - which is what Austin's local ordinance requires.

The bill needs one final vote in the House; three bills are pending in the Senate regarding statewide ride-sharing rules.

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