About 56% of voters gave the thumbs-down to Proposition 1. That would have allowed the riding-sharing services to conduct their own background checks. And, the two companies invested about $8 million campaigning for that.
Instead the majority in Austin demand fingerprinting background checks in the future. Here is the coverage in Fortune.
With a diversified economy, Austin can afford to resist any jobs argument Uber and Lyft might push. It's insulated from the recession in other parts of the TX economy.
Other cities which are economically thriving might also decide to have showdowns with ride-sharing services. They can demand fingerprinting background checks also. That would be a setback for Uber and Lyft.