SG votes in support of ballot measure striking down ride-hailing regulations

Forrest Milburn

Student Government representatives voted almost unanimously Tuesday to show support for Proposition 1, the sole ballot measure for the May 7 election asking voters to decide whether they want to keep recently passed regulations on ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

Tuesday’s decision came on the second day of early voting as Austinites head to their nearest polling sites in numbers that have surpassed turnout seen in the March 1 presidential primaries, a trend uncommon for local elections, according to the Travis County Clerk’s Office website.

UT alumnus Huey Rey Fischer, deputy outreach director for Ridesharing Works for Austin, sponsored the resolution in hopes the SG decision could make an impact on student opinion and turnout before election day.

“This is an issue that directly impacts the quality of life for students,” Fischer said. “It’s reducing driving while intoxicated, it’s provided an alternative source of income for many students in our community.”

Early voting lasts until next Tuesday, with the election taking place next Saturday.

Student voters will not have as many opportunities to vote on the ballot measure because of the election timing, making early voting more important for that age demographic, Fischer said.

Only three SG members voted against the measure, with one abstaining.

One of the three members in opposition to the SG resolution spoke against it, arguing it would have no impact on student turnout before election day approaches.

SG also moved two resolutions aiming at clarifying possible conflicts of interest with student media organizations and SG to the rules and regulations committee before a full vote can take place.