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Ride-share companies welcome in Bexar municipalities

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – A day after San Antonio's revised ride-share ordinance all but ended Uber and Lyft's presence in the city, the leader of one of the more than two dozen municipalities in Bexar County said it and other municipalities are still willing to welcome the ride-share companies.

"Our citizens alone in Alamo Heights have expressed to me that they want a choice in who gives them a ride when they want one," said Alamo Heights Mayor Louis Cooper, who has used ride-share services in San Antonio and other cities. "I think it's an alternative, and I believe in competition and I believe competition is good for everybody."

"We've seen favorable letters from jurisdictions and we're open to signing agreements with them as they see fit," said Chris Nakutis, of Uber Texas.

Cooper mentioned a letter that is in the works that would contain signatures of leaders of other cities in Bexar County that hope to keep Uber and Lyft in the county.

"Maybe it can keep them here long enough and keep their employees employed long enough where they can work out a deal for later in the summer," said Cooper.

That deal could come at the hands of the Texas Legislature. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) filed House bill 2440 Thursday that calls for ride-share companies to pay a statewide annual permit fee of $5,000, requires background checks but not fingerprint check sand requires drivers to be at least 19 years old. The bill would supersede ordinances passed at the municipal level.