TX Gov. Abbott on Prop1: “The Game Is Not Over”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is prepared to override Austin City Council’s decision to impose FBI fingerprint-based background checks on ridesharing drivers. In an interview with CNBC, Gov. Abbott said:
"The issue's not over…Republicans in the Texas Legislature have already raised proposals coming up in the next session to override the Austin vote."
The Austin City Council decided to shake down Uber and Lyft by imposing a raft of onerous regulations on the platforms and their driver partners. Since then, there has been a shortage of transportation options and Austinites have had to wait in long lines for taxis, not to mention the thousands of Austinites who lost their part time jobs.
“I'd just say the game is not over. It's halftime, and we'll see what happens in the second half.”
The Texas state legislature and Gov. Abbott can override the Austin City Council by enacting a statewide framework that prevents cities and municipalities from regulating ridesharing.
You can hardly call 17% turnout representative of the will of the people. The underlying regs are dumb and voters voted as much against Uber/Lyft tactics as they did for the regs. And now that people actually know what the regs mean, most are against them (even those who opposed Prop 1). The Council should fix this, not the state. But stupid begets stupid, and as bad as this would be, I'd say we've earned it with our total stupidity all around on this issue. Shame on
"Drunk driving is back?" Drunk driving was never gone, sorry to say. The numbers don't even support the claims that these two private companies somehow singlehandedly solved our very serious drunk driving problem.
Governor Abbott needs to learn to respect the will of the voters - it was the local residents and citizens of Austin who voted on this, not City Council or the Mayor.
The Citizens of Austin made this decision and the Governor owes it to those citizens to respect the will of their vote instead of selling out to Uber/Lyft lobbyists.