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Oregon Senate votes down maximum towing rates bill

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SALEM, OR (AP) -

The Oregon Senate voted down a bill that would have required cities with a population of at least 15,000 to set maximum rates for vehicles towed without the owner's permission.

The Senate failed to pass the bill in a 13-16 vote on Tuesday.

Supporters say the bill protects citizens from predatory towing companies that overcharge for their services. Opponents say the bill would hurt towing companies and would disrupt the free market.

The bill would have allowed but not required counties to set maximum towing rates.

Lawmakers who voted against the bill could move to reconsider the decision.

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