SACRAMENTO -- It's now up to Gov. Jerry Brown whether new safety legislation prompted by the deadly San Mateo Bridge fire will become law for the 4,200 limousines in California.

Both bills, which require regular safety inspections of limos as well as emergency exits and passenger safety briefings, passed Thursday, the end of the Legislature's session in Sacramento. Brown has until Oct. 13 to decide whether the bills become law, and for the moment his office is silent on his intentions.

The bills target shortcomings in state law which were laid bare by the May 4 tragedy that killed five women headed to a wedding party at a Foster City hotel. The bride, Neriza Fojas, 31, of Monterey, was among the dead. Four of her friends survived the flames.

Sen. Jerry Hill's SB 338 would expand annual California Highway Patrol safety inspection of limousines that carry 10 or more passengers to vehicles under that threshold. The 1999 Lincoln Town Car stretch limo that burned on the bridge was built to carry seven passengers and so was not required to undergo any kind of safety inspection. The state also doesn't regulate the process by which regular car are stretched into limos.

Hill has said he believes an inspection could have uncovered problems that led to the fire. Investigators said the flames were sparked by friction between metal car parts that came into contact due to the "catastrophic failure" of the Lincoln's rear suspension.

"When you get into a limo in the future in California you will be assured it's a safe ride," said Hill, D-San Mateo. "As long as the governor signs this bill."

Hill's bill also requires that two fire extinguishers be accessible to people in the passenger compartments in limos.

Sen. Ellen Corbett's SB 109, which also passed Thursday, would require at least one push-out emergency exit in the passenger compartment of limousines. Her bill also calls for safety briefings for riders, similar to the ones air travelers get on commercial flights.

"I remain optimistic that Governor Brown will sign this critical bill into law so that limo passengers can be confident that they will be able to evacuate a limo in the case of a fire or any other emergency," Corbett, a San Leandro Democrat, wrote in a statement.

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