SB 909

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 03, 2020
  • Passed Senate Jun 11, 2020
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Emergency vehicles.

Bill Subjects

Emergency Vehicles.


Existing law prohibits any vehicle, other than an authorized emergency vehicle, from being equipped with a siren. Existing law requires an emergency vehicle to be equipped with a siren that meets requirements set forth by the Department of the California Highway Patrol. Existing regulations of the California Highway Patrol define a "hi-lo" to be a nonsiren sound alternating between a fixed high and a fixed low frequency and require the "hi-lo" function to be disabled on any siren manufactured after January 1, 1978. This bill would authorize an emergency vehicle to be equipped with a "hi-lo" audible warning sound and would authorize the "hi-lo" to be used solely for the purpose of notifying the public of an immediate need to evacuate. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Bill Sponsors (5)



Jun 18, 2020


Referred to Com. on TRANS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on TRANS.

Jun 11, 2020


In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.


Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Jun 02, 2020


Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.

May 29, 2020


From committee: Do pass. Ordered to consent calendar. (Ayes 13. Noes 0. Page 3622.) (May 29).

May 13, 2020


Set for hearing May 29.

Mar 16, 2020


From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
Com. on TRANS.

Feb 12, 2020


Referred to Com. on TRANS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on TRANS.

Feb 04, 2020


From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 5.

Feb 03, 2020


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
02/03/20 - Introduced PDF
03/16/20 - Amended Senate PDF

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