A bill that Texas's governor will soon sign will clear the way for Uber and Lyft to return to major Texas markets.
Uber and Lyft may soon have an easier time returning to some big markets. Texas's governor will soon sign a bill that would shield the ride-sharing firms from fingerprint background check requirements and other local ordinances. Statewide regulations will override local regulations. That would clear the roadblocks so Lyft can re-enter the Houston market, and it and Uber can return to servicing Austin, Corpus Christi and Galveston. The mostly Republican backers of the bill in Texas say their bill that passed last week benefits consumers. They contend it offers more choice and competition that lower prices. Uber Texas' general manager Sarfraz Maredia said, "A statewide framework for ridesharing will help bring greater economic opportunity and expanded access to safe, reliable transportation options to more Texans." But lawmakers in Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities argue that fingerprinting is needed for drivers. But they're experiencing more setbacks. Now, more than 40 states have set up statewide regulatory systems to override local regulations, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.