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Tuesday, 08 March 2022 12:31

Catalytic Converters and Insurance Minimums Lead List of Introduced California Bills

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Catalytic converters are the subject of several proposed bills this year and CAA lobbyist Jack Molodanof is on the job to decipher this legislation for the members of CAA and the collision repair industry in California as a whole. Catalytic converters are the subject of several proposed bills this year and CAA lobbyist Jack Molodanof is on the job to decipher this legislation for the members of CAA and the collision repair industry in California as a whole.

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Every spring, CAA’s lobbyist, Jack Molodanof, has a huge job ahead of him, as he sifts through new legislative bills--- more than 2,200 were introduced this year alone, not including the carry-over legislation from last year's two-year bills.

Many bills introduced so far are "spot bills," meaning they are placeholders to be amended later. These bills will start making their way through the legislative process within the next several months. As the session moves forward, Molodanof will continually monitor the bills, including amendments that will be added to the list.

 

Here are summaries of the bills currently on CAA’s radar.

 

Ten bills have been introduced this year to address the catalytic converter theft issue.

 

AB 1622: Would require smog shops to provide signs informing customers about strategies for deterring converter theft, including etching of identifying information on the converter.

 

SB 919: Would focus on the crime of catalytic converter theft in three ways:

  • New and used motor vehicle dealers would be required to permanently mark the VIN on the catalytic converter of any vehicle before they sell it.
  • Metal recyclers would only be allowed to buy catalytic converters that have a clearly visible and untampered VIN on it, and they would have to keep detailed records of who sold them each specific catalytic converter and make those records accessible to law enforcement.
  • The bill will require sales documentation and a VIN on the catalytic converters as well as increasing fines, intended to discourage theft.

 

AB 1659: Revises the definition of auto dismantler to include a person who keeps or maintains two or more used converters not attached to a motor vehicle.

 

AB 1740: Requires core recyclers who accept converters to maintain specified written records.

 

AB 1984: A peace officer need not have actual knowledge that converter is stolen to establish probable cause for arrest.

 

AB 2398: Possession of detached converter would be a crime, either a...


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