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Bill Detail: HB23-1217

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Title Motor Vehicles Tows And Crime Victims
Status Governor Signed (05/15/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 02/22/2023

The bill requires a towing carrier (carrier) to release a motor
vehicle without demanding or accepting payment for any fee or charge
associated with the tow or storage if the motor vehicle was towed without
the owner's consent from public or private property and the tow was a
result of the owner being a victim of a crime or the motor vehicle being
stolen. The owner must provide appropriate documentation.
To reimburse tow carriers for nonconsensual tows from private
property, the bill creates an enterprise with a 5-person governing board.
The governing board must meet at least annually and may:
  • Take actions necessary to implement and administer the
  • Issue bonds;
  • Audit participating carriers;
  • Hire any necessary employees; and
  • Obtain the necessary office space, equipment, and services.
The governing board is required to:
  • Implement and administer the enterprise;
  • Annually report to the public utilities commission;
  • Establish policies; and
  • Coordinate with the commission and department of revenue
The enterprise will administer a voluntary reimbursement program
for participating carriers. Under the program, a carrier collects a fee,
sends it to the enterprise, and the enterprise reimburses the carrier for the
cost of providing a law enforcement tow and storage based on average
costs of providing the tow and storage.
The department must create a database of motor vehicles that have
been reported abandoned on public or private property. The database must
contain certain information to identify the motor vehicle and be made
available online to the public, so that a person may search the database to
find an abandoned motor vehicle.
Current law requires a law enforcement agency or carrier with a
motor vehicle towed from private or public property to check to see if the
motor vehicle has been stolen within 30 minutes after the carrier tows the
motor vehicle. If the motor vehicle has been stolen, the law enforcement
agency will return it to the owner. The bill requires another check 48
hours after towing the motor vehicle.
Current law requires an abandoned motor vehicle to be sold no
fewer than 30 days after and within 60 days after it is towed. The bill
repeals the requirement that the motor vehicle be sold within 60 days. It
states that if the carrier is notified that the motor vehicle was towed
because of a crime, the sale must be made no fewer than 60 days after the
tow and the owner is notified of the 60 day minimum time frame for
holding the motor vehicle.

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