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Video: Can The Texas Legislature Override Local Ordinances?

Screenshot of video via Texas Tribune

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 related coverage from the Tribune below:

• The Tribune asked Texans who should regulate Uber and Lyft. Here’s what they said.
• Ride-hailing nonprofit struggles to survive in Austin
• Uber, Lyft return to Austin as Texas Gov. Abbott signs ride-hailing measure into law

The Texas Tribune provided this story, which is part of its Texplainer series.

Alex Samuels is a reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune and a journalism senior at The University of Texas at Austin. She came to the Tribune in fall 2016 as a newsletters fellow, writing the daily Brief and contributing to the water, education and health newsletters. Alex previously worked for USA Today College as both a collegiate correspondent and their first-ever breaking news correspondent. She has also worked for the Daily Dot where she covered politics, race, and social issues.