- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Supreme Court has declined to force Austin’s city council to rewrite a ballot initiative on whether to repeal an ordinance targeting rideshare services like Lyft and Uber.

The court on Monday denied a request for an emergency stay from a longtime supporter of Uber.

Uber and Lyft are fighting requirements that their drivers submit to fingerprinting on background checks and company labeling on their vehicles. It also charges a fee of 1 percent of a ride-share company’s annual revenue.

After Austin’s city council approved the rules in an ordinance in December, Uber and Lyft helped organize a petition to force a vote on the ordinance.

The vote on the ordinance is scheduled for May 7.


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