The bill requires the department of regulatory agencies (department) to conduct a sunset review of the public utilities commission's (commission) regulation of towing carriers in 2023 and moves up the department's sunset review of the towing task force (task force) from 2024 to 2023. As part of its sunset review of the commission's regulation of towing carriers, the department is required to review complaints against towing carriers; whether the towing industry and consumers would benefit from dispute resolution of complaints; the reasonableness of rates for recovery, towing, and storage fees; and the reasonableness of towing contracts that towing companies enter into with property owners.
The composition of the task force is changed to replace a member who represents towing carriers but is not a representative of a towing association with a member who represents mobile home owners and to replace a member who represents an association of motor carriers with a member who represents common interest community unit owners. The bill adds 2 members to the task force to represent communities that might be disproportionately affected by nonconsensual towing, such as communities of color, immigrant communities, elderly communities, and rural communities.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)