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The furor that erupted late last summer over reports that a man was charged an ungodly $800 for a tow may culminate in legislation that

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Legislation Proposed by Rep. Gerry Pollet to Cap Towing Charge at $250

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The furor that erupted late last summer over reports that a man was charged an ungodly $800 for a tow may culminate in legislation that would put a $250 cap for a tow and the first 24 hours of storage.

The bill was introduced yesterday by rookie lawmaker, Rep. Gerry Pollett, D-Seattle, who was appointed to the House by the Metropolitan King County Commission to fill a vacancy in North Seattle's 46th Legislative District.

The issue bubbled up after Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat chronicled the saga of Chris Swanicke, reeling from the $800 tow of his illegally parked Mazda truck at his Capitol Hill apartment building.

"People just shouldn't be held hostage," says Pollett.

Tow companies are supposed to post rates with the state Department of Licensing, but the state has no power to approve or disapprove of them.

Under the bill, House Bill 2372, which the towing industry is almost certain to oppose, dthe state Utilities and Transportation Commission would establish a maximum charge, which could vary depending on the location in the state.

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