Another bill on the California Chamber of Commerce's "job killer" list fell by the wayside Tuesday when Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson pulled a measure to bar a car dealer, including a rental company, from selling or leasing a used vehicle subject to a manufacturer's recall.
Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat, declared after a committee debate that she would put the bill over until 2014.
A spokeswoman for Jackson said later, "She did not have the votes. It is a two-year bill, and Senator Jackson will continue working on it."
The bill had its genesis in the 2009 death of a Highway Patrol officer in San Diego County while driving a garage's loaner car. The car, a Toyota, suddenly accelerated out of control, and Mark Saylor died in the crash, along with his wife, daughter and brother-in-law. The crash sparked a massive recall of Toyotas.
Federal law bars the sale of new cars subject to recall until they have been repaired, but there is no law covering used vehicles. Jackson said her measure, Senate Bill 686, would close the regulatory gap.
However, one committee member, Republican Brian Jones, who represents the area where the Saylor crash occurred, sharply criticized Jackson for using the accident as a rationale since the Toyota was not subject to recall when it occurred.
SB 686 was one of 37 measures tagged as "job killers" by the California Chamber of Commerce. All but three have been stalled for the year killed in committee or floor votes or changed enough to lose the label.
PHOTO: Motorists are stalled in a backup on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton on July 24, 2008. Los Angeles Times/ Allen J. Schaben