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HB 223 – Getting your Personal Belongings out of a Repossessed Car

House Bill 223 is a common sense bill that prohibits having one’s personal belongings taken when your car is repossessed. This bill passed both Houses of the General Assembly unanimously and is headed to the Governor’s desk.

This Bill clarifies that when a motor vehicle is subject to a possessory lien either through towing or because of failure to make payment to a garage owner for services rendered to the motor vehicle, the possessory lien does not extend to personal property located in the motor vehicle, and such property shall be returned to the owner if the owner claims the items prior to the sale of such vehicle.

This Bill also clarifies that “abandoned personal property” does not include personal property inside an abandoned motor vehicle if the owner of the personal property files an answer to a Petition seeking full title and interest to the personal property.

House Bill 223 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Osienski, Baumbach, Briggs King, Griffith, Heffernan, K.Johnson, S.Moore, Morrison, K.Williams, Wilson-AntonHouse Passed 41-0. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton  Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende YearickNone
Lockman, Hansen, Ennis, Pinkney, TownsendSenate Passed 21-0. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson
Current StatusSent to Governor

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