Assembly Bill 3424 (O’Connell – 1992)
Chapter 1220, Statutes of 1992
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 3424 amended Civil Code sections 3068.1, 3071, 3072, 3073, and 3074, and Vehicle Code sections 666, 22658, 22670, 22851.8, and 22851.12, relating to vehicle liens. (See Exhibit #1d) Assembly Bill 3424 was introduced on by Assembly member O’Connell at the request of the California Tow Truck Association. (See Exhibits #1a and #11)
Assembly Bill 3424 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Insurance, Claims and Corporations where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #8) 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 #9) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 3424. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill on September 29, 1992, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on September 30, 1992 as Chapter 1220 of the Statutes of 1992. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
This bill was heard on the Consent Calendar in each house, indicating it was unopposed, and received unanimous votes in all committees. (See Exhibit #2) On the floor of each house it was on the Special Consent Calendar, voted on as a unit with other non-controversial measures, rather than being voted individually. (Id.)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses Third Reading analysis of Assembly Bill 3424 summarizes the provisions of the bill as last amended as follows:
This bill would modify the procedures governing actions a lienholder may take against a vehicle owner and guidelines governing a lienholder selling an owner’s vehicle to offset an unpaid lien of the owner.
(See Exhibit #11, page 1)