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Texas Supreme Court Declines to Hear Ridesharing Case

Request to examine ballot language denied

A ridesharing activist who asked the Texas Supreme Court to look into changing wording of an upcoming ballot initiative has been denied a hearing, reports the Austin Monitor.

Samantha Phelps, a music manager and talent buyer, requested the hearing last week. She claimed the language of the proposal, which will be put before Austin voters on May 7, is misleading. The proposal, reproduced here from the Monitor, reads as follows:

Shall the City Code be amended to repeal City Ordinance number 20151217-075 relating to Transportation Network Companies; and replace with an ordinance that would repeal and prohibit required fingerprinting, repeal the requirement to identify the vehicle with a distinctive emblem, repeal the prohibition against loading and unloading passengers in a travel lane, and require other regulations for Transportation Network Companies?

The ballot language was scheduled to be finalized today, reports the Monitor.

Texas Supreme Court denies bid to change ride-hailing ballot language [Austin Monitor]