Jerry Hill's bill to improve safety after fatal limo fire heads to key hearing 

Legislation introduced by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, in response to a fatal limo fire on the San Mateo Bridge in May faces a key vote today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Hill's legislation, Senate Bill 338, would, among other things such as requiring more inspections of vehicles, mandate that limos with a seating capacity of fewer than 10 people carry a fire extinguisher onboard. Stretch limos with a capacity of more than 10 already have this requirement.

The limo involved in the fire had a seating capacity of eight, according to the California Highway Patrol, though there were nine passengers at the time of the fire, which killed five women.

According to a CHP report into the fire, an air suspension system failed, allowing mechanical parts to make contact with a piece below the floorboard. The friction sparked the blaze.

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