The cities of Sacramento and Huntington Beach both have considered billing CA auto insurance companies for such fees; the idea has provoked negative reactions in both cases. The Sacramento City Council postponed discussion of adopting such fees shortly before it was set to vote on the matter, and, after getting much negative feedback, the Huntington Beach City Council did away with the practice shortly following its implementation.
Respondents to the poll --- which was commissioned by the Insurance Information Network of California and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies --- expressed the heaviest opposition to the fees when told that, if insurers begin to routinely pay for them, premium prices could be pushed upward as a result. This information provoked 63 percent of respondents to say they disagreed with the fees.
Whether an insurer will foot the bill depends on company policy. A 2009 report to the Florida State Senate cited a company that specializes in police and fire department billing as saying that, nationwide, 56 percent of insurers at the time covered the fees. The report indicated that a number of the municipal ordinances portrayed the fees as an "add-on cost of the claim for damages to the vehicle, property and/or injuries sustained by the vehicle occupants."