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Assembly Bill 1390 (O’Connell – 1991)

Chapter 711, Statutes of 1991

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Streets and Highways Code sections 2551 and 2553 and Vehicle Code section 22658 were amended in 1991 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 1390.  (See Exhibit #1d)  Assembly member Jack O’Connell introduced this bill on March 7, 1991 on behalf of two groups, the California Two Truck Association and Santa Barbara County.  (See Exhibits #1a and #4, document AP-16)

Assembly Bill 1390 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #9)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  (See Exhibits #5 and #2)  Three amendments were made to Assembly Bill 1390.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1d and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on October 7, 1991 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on October 9th as Chapter 711 of the Statutes of 1991.  (See Exhibit #1e

The Office of Senate Floor Analyses’ Third Reading analysis summarized Assembly Bill 1390 as last amended on August 22, 1991 as follows:

This bill would prohibit towing a vehicle from private property without written authorization from the property owner or its agent or lessee, with specified exceptions.


The bill would permit local authorities to designative a council of governments as a county’s service authority for freeway emergencies.

(See Exhibit #11, page 1)