by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 01, 2017
Lyft, Uber and other ride-sharing businesses received welcome news from President Trump and the Texas Legislature in May.

On May 16, the president signed into law the Modernizing Government Travel Act, which allows federal employees to be reimbursed for using Lyft, Uber and the like. The General Services Administration had already been allowing federal employees to use the services, but the act codifies the policy.

In Texas, where Uber and Lyft had pulled out of Austin, Corpus Christi, Galveston and other cities that had imposed strict background checks on drivers, including fingerprinting, the Legislature voted to override such regulations. Gov. Greg Abbott indicated his intention to sign the legislation by tweeting, "Buckle up. Coming soon," clearing the way for Uber and Lyft to return to the cities it had abandoned. At press time a Lyft spokesperson told M&C that the company plans to relaunch in Austin as soon as the law goes into effect.

Austin officials are not happy with the move. Mayor Steve Adler commented, "I'm disappointed that the Legislature chose to nullify the bedrock principles of self-governance and limited government by imposing regulations on our city over the objection of Austin voters."

In another development for ride-sharing services, Delta Air Lines has partnered with Lyft to allow its SkyMiles members to earn miles for every Lyft ride.