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Uber and Lyft halt service in Austin, Texas, after voters embrace background-check rules

Uber and Lyft halt service in Austin, Texas, after voters embrace background-check rules

Uber and Lyft on Monday suspended their ride-hailing services in Austin, Texas, after voters decided against overturning city requirements that include fingerprinting their drivers.

But following Saturday's vote, a lawmaker who is a ride-share supporter said that when the Texas Legislature reconvenes next year, it will consider establishing statewide regulations for ride-share companies that will aim to be "consistent and predictable."

"It has become increasingly clear that Texas' ride-sharing companies can no longer operate effectively through a patchwork of inconsistent and anti-competitive regulations," Republican Sen. Charles Schwertner of...

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