I read THIS last week and had to laugh. You might remember that Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso via his Austin house) shook his fist and promised to never let any ride sharing bill through the committee he chairs.
When you're a Democrat in the Texas Legislature, you're nobody. You're lucky they give you an office. You're lucky they let you talk amongst the adults in the room. You're lucky if anyone remembers your name. That's why it was careless of Pickett to draw a line in the sand when all the top Republicans in the state have indicated they will fix the ride sharing question once and for all next session. I'm sure Pickett was told that if he didn't get in line, he'd be relegated to the lowest ranking member of the jackalope farts committee.
It seems that Pickett was allowed to save some face and agreed to have a meeting with Uber lobbyists. He makes it seems like they came together to meet in the middle. It was all window dressing. Republicans allowed Pickett to have any excuse outside of the truth, which was - change your mind on ride sharing or we will change our minds on your chairmanship.