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Senate OKs Ban on Seizing Polluting Cars

August 24, 1996|Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — The California Senate passed a bill this week that would prevent the state from seizing and reselling cars that repeatedly fail to pass the new Smog Check program.

A 27-7 vote Thursday sent the bill by Assemblyman Larry Bowler (R-Sacramento) back to the Assembly for a vote on Senate amendments.

Sen. Quentin Kopp (I-San Francisco) said the state has yet to impound a single car under "Smog Check II." "It's been used as a red herring by critics," Kopp said of the provision.

The Senate action came one day after an estimated 3,000 people demonstrated on the Capitol steps against the program.

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