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Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users

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TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS -- (House of Representatives - April 02, 2004)

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Mr. BACA. Mr. Chairman. I rise in opposition to the Graves amendment to H.R. 3550. Don't be fooled by this amendment. This amendment is bad for my district and bad for California.

My State is a destination State. Tourists come to visit and see the sights and cities of Southern California. Sometimes these tourists rent cars. And sometimes they get into accidents. California passed a vicarious liability law that protects innocent bystanders from rental car companies that rent to uninsured drivers. When people get hurt by these uninsured drivers, there is no place to turn for compensation. This law allows those that get hurt to ask for compensation from the rental car companies. The State saw a need for such a law, so they passed one.

The Graves amendment attempts to tell California what type of law it needs. It will cancel California's law and hurt their citizens. What makes Washington Congressmen think they know what's best for my district and for California? California, 14 other States and the District of Columbia know that vicarious liability laws are good for their citizens. They know that when push comes to shove this will help keep their citizens safe. That is why I oppose the Graves amendment and support California's right to determine what best serves the interests of its citizens.

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