PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The nightmare of having your car towed may soon not be as bad as it once was.
Oregon lawmakers are working to put an end to predatory towing.
Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, D-Portland, said it's unfair to force people to pay a "sizeable ransom" just to recover their car -- just because they made the mistake of parking in the wrong place.
On Thursday the Oregon state senate overwhelmingly passed a House bill that would allow local governments to create the maximum fee companies can charge for towing.
The bill also forces tow companies to get annual licenses with the city or county.
That KOIN video, "Portland towing company's ethics questioned," told the story of Ashley Holmquist. She left for work one morning, went to her paid-for spot at her Aloha apartment complex, and found her Jeep gone. A towing company, which worked on commission, demanded $347 to have her car returned.
Oregon House Bill 3159 would need to be signed by Oregon's governor to become law.
Downtown shoppers will be able to take advantage of some free parking this weekend courtesy of the Portland Downtown Business Alliance.
fficials with the Albany Parks and Recreation Department installed "Danger" signs near ponds that are covered in ice after people, including kids, were seen walking on a pond in Grand Prairie Park Tuesday.
The boy’s mother is not considered a suspect. No arrests have been made.
Paul Kemp is fighting for tougher background checks for people obtaining guns. He's not against guns, he said, but something must be done to stop this happening again.