Texas-Sized Debate Expected Over State Ride-Hailing Bill

April 8, 2015 11:20 PM

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Ride-hailing giants Lyft and Uber left San Antonio in their rearview mirror after the nation's seventh largest city restricted their operations, instead shifting their focus — and money — on convincing Texas lawmakers to allow them to operate statewide with fewer restrictions.

The companies are spending as much as $1 million on more than three dozen lobbyists at the Texas statehouse this session, according to Texas Ethics Commission records. The companies are pushing legislation that would supersede local rules, allowing them to operate the same way in San Antonio as they...

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