SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring limousines that operate in California to have emergency exits, but vetoed another bill requiring annual Highway Patrol limo inspections.
The bills were introduced after a May limousine fire that killed five trapped women on a San Francisco Bay Area bridge.
Brown on Friday signed SB 109, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Ellen Corbett of San Leandro, requiring limos that carry fewer than 10 passengers to have two push-out windows and two rear doors.
But the governor vetoed SB338, requiring the CHP to conduct annual safety inspections for stretch limousines for a fee of $75.
Brown said in a statement that the price is insufficient to cover the CHP's costs, and urged the legislature to send him otherwise-identical legislation allowing for a higher fee.