Household goods bill heads to governor

| Wednesday, September 10, 2003

A bill that is intended to target fly-by-night household movers has passed both houses of the California General Assembly and is headed to the desk of Gov. Gray Davis for his signature.

 AB845 would tighten rules for household goods carriers, according to information on the General Assembly’s Web site. Joe Furtado, a consultant to the Assembly Transportation Committee, said the bill targets “fly-by-night” movers who draw in customers with unrealistically low estimates, then hand the customer a higher bill after the goods are on their way.

 The bill was approved by the Assembly May 29 by a vote of 47-31; it passed the Senate 23-14 Aug. 27. However, both houses had to concur on amendments, a process that was not finished until last week.