L.A. Lawmaker’s ‘Parking Bill of Rights’ Passes State Legislature, Sent to Gov. Brown

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A parking meter is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

A proposed bill to make parking “more fair and affordable” for California motorists has one last hurdle to clear after passing through the state legislature, Assemblyman Mike Gatto announced Wednesday.

The Parking Bill of Rights was approved by the State Assembly by a 67-7 vote, according to a news release from Gatto’s office said.

“Today is a victory for motorists who ask for a fair and just parking policy,” said Gatto, who proposed the legislation.

The bill will next head to Governor Jerry Brown.

If signed into law, AB 2586 would prohibit cities from hiring so-called parking “bounty hunters,” require spaces to be made available promptly after the conclusion of street sweeping and extend a law that prohibits ticketing at broken meters, according to the release.

“When parking becomes a business for cities, the legislature must step in to protect drivers and their wallets,” said Gatto, whose 43rd District includes parts of Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale.

The package of reforms aims to change how cities and local governments manage and enforce parking laws, while also providing relief for motorists from “unjust” citations.

“Municipalities should be looking for ways to make parking easier for their community, not ways to profit off of them,” Gatto said.