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2013 Senate Bill 5050: Authorizing registered tow truck operators to carry passengers in a vehicle attached to a flatbed tow truck under certain situations
  1. Introduced by Sen. Tim Sheldon (Potlach) (D) on January 16, 2013, allows registered tow truck drivers operating flatbed tow trucks to carry passengers in the car they are towing if the number of people in need of transportation is more than can fit in the tow truck itself.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on January 16, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 7, 2013.
  2. Passed 49 to 0 in the Senate on February 26, 2013, provides that a tow truck operator may allow passengers to ride in a vehicle that is being carried on the deck of a flatbed tow truck under certain conditions, including that passengers are using seatbelts and child restraints, if they are otherwise required by law.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on February 27, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on February 27, 2013.
      • Amendment offered in the House on March 21, 2013, clarifies that the bill applies to all tow truck operators whether or not they are registered with the department of licensing; allows persons with disabilities to ride in a passenger vehicle being carried on the back of a flatbed tow truck irrespective of whether or not the tow truck has sufficient seating capacity; provides additional requirements for riding in a passenger vehicle that is being carried by a flatbed tow truck, including that minors be accompanied by an adult and that passengers be able to communicate with the driver of the tow truck in case of an emergency; and prohibits dangerous or distracting behavior by passengers in such a vehicle being carried.
      • The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 9, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 26, 2013.
  4. Passed 92 to 0 in the House on April 9, 2013, authorizes, under certain circumstances, passengers to ride in a vehicle that is being carried on the deck of a flatbed tow truck. Provides certain rules regarding the passengers riding in such a vehicle.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on April 19, 2013.
  6. Passed 47 to 0 in the Senate on April 19, 2013, provides that a tow truck operator may allow passengers to ride in a vehicle that is being carried on the deck of a flatbed tow truck under certain conditions, including that passengers are using seatbelts and child restraints, if they are otherwise required by law.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 7, 2013.

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