Skip to main content
Texplainer

Can the Texas Legislature override local ordinances?

It can and it has. Last year, Texas lawmakers voted to override several local ordinances with new statewide measures — including relaxing regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

Texplainer

Send us your questions about Texas politics and policy by emailing texplainer@texastribune.org or visiting texastribune.org/texplainer.

 More in this series 

The short answer is yes. And a handful of such local control battles have raged in the Texas Legislature in recent years.

The most newsworthy: During the 2017 legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that pre-empted Texas cities from imposing regulations on ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, as several Texas cities — including Austin — had already done. The bill placed regulatory oversight with the state.

The Texas Tribune partnered with the education publisher Pearson to explain local control — and cities' jurisdictional tussles with the state — for Texas students.

Watch the video above to learn more, or read our related coverage below.

Quality journalism doesn't come free

Yes, I'll donate today