Uber and Lyft Return to Austin after Texas Law Kills the City’s Fingerprint Rule

Gov. Abbott signed the bill Monday, saying on Twitter that he was overturning “Austin’s regulation that trampled freedom & free enterprise.” Texas joins more than 40 states that have enacted statewide ride-hailing regulations, including Florida last month.

Supporters of the statewide measure say it will eliminate any confusion caused by a patchwork of regulations around the state. Austin Mayor Steve Adler says it stifles local control.