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Wrecker Bill Dies in Oklahoma House Committee
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:00 AM

On Tuesday, a bill requested by Oklahoma wrecker owners died in the House Committee on Judiciary. SB 698 was yet another attempt by Oklahoma tow-truck drivers to repeal regulations on their industry designed to protect financial institutions from unscrupulous operators.

“In 2014, we fought to pass major reform to the Title 42 possessory lien process,” said Nate Webb, president of the Oklahoma Credit Union Association. “The bill eventually passed into law was the result of long negotiations with agreed-upon language. Since that time, tow-truck operators have repeatedly tried to renege on that agreement; but once again we were able to thwart their efforts.

Thursday is the deadline for bills to be heard in committee in the opposite chamber. Since SB 698 will not meet that criterion, it is dead for this session.

Webb praised the efforts of credit union advocates. “I had several legislators tell me that outreach from credit unions was impressive,” he said. “The grassroots response definitely had an impact on our success.”