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    Nitrous Oxide Bill Introduced in Nebraska...

    Nebraska is considering legislation that would severely limit the use of
    nitrous oxide systems on vehicles operated on public roads. Nebraska SAN
    members will remember that last year a poorly written Nebraska bill, L.B.
    688, sought to ban nitrous oxide from Nebraska's roads by banning "any
    device or fuel enhancer.that provides a motor vehicle with the capability to
    operate at speeds in excess of the design of the motor vehicle." This bill
    was opposed by SEMA Action Network members such as the Rapid Transit System
    and the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Car Club Council because, as loosely
    drafted, L.B. 688 could also be construed to ban the use of turbochargers,
    superchargers and other performance-enhancement products.
    Now comes a new bill, L.B 1027, which specifically prohibits the highway
    operation of any motor vehicle equipped with a nitrous oxide system; L.B.
    1027 makes exceptions for vehicles en route to or from a track where the
    vehicle is used for racing and for those vehicles from which the nitrous
    container has been removed. The bill also calls for cars equipped with
    nitrous setups to wear bumper decals indicating so.
    Because L.B. 688 appears dead in the water, SEMA is working with bill
    sponsors in Nebraska to amend L.B. 1027 to accommodate the needs of the
    hobbyist community. Of particular concern to many Nebraska hobbyists is
    simplifying the bill by getting rid of any reference to nitrous systems in
    cars going to and from a racetrack and eliminating the provision requiring
    nitrous-equipped cars to wear a warning badge. Negotiations continue and
    Nebraska SAN members will be apprised of the results.

    ...And Georgia

    Unlike the new Nebraska legislation, the Georgia bill (H.B. 1183) would
    prohibit all public road use of passenger cars or pickup trucks which are
    equipped to supply the engine with nitrous oxide; in other words, H.B. 1183
    would outlaw vehicles that are merely equipped with nitrous oxide delivery
    systems, regardless of whether or not these systems are in use on public
    roadways or not.
    Should H.B. 1183 pass, in order to remain true to Georgia law, a drag racer
    would have to completely remove the nitrous setup (from the bottle to the
    line to the engine) on a "doorslammer" drag car in order to simply drive the
    car to the drag strip. Once at the track the system would have to be
    completely reinstalled in order to use it; the system would then have to be
    disassembled in order to drive the car home.
    SEMA is actively working to convince the Georgia legislature to either kill
    or amend this bill in such a way as to ease the burdens on vehicle
    hobbyists. Georgia SEMA Action Network members and SEMA-member companies,
    notably NOS (Nitrous Oxide Systems), have been alerted to this bill and
    encouraged to contact their legislators.


    Texas Scrappage Fight Continues

    At a series of public hearings across the state of Texas held in late
    January, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) heard
    arguments against its proposed scrappage program from concerned SAN clubs
    and individual automobile hobbyists. As "Driving Force" went to press,
    efforts to defeat the TNRCC proposal seemed to be gaining momentum, with a
    great number of Texas SAN clubs and SEMA-member companies writing letters to
    the TNRCC in opposition of scrappage. All the TNRCC public hearings were
    well attended; even the Texas press has become involved, as papers such as
    the Houston Chronicle ("Houston Area May Get New Car Emission Testing to Mee
    t Smog Deadline," January 31, 2000) started covering the issue.
    With this in mind, rather than siting on our laurels and waiting to see
    whether the TNRCC decides to implement scrappage programs or not, SEMA and
    the SEMA Action Network decided to ratchet opposition up another level;
    Texas automobile hobbyists and companies are now encouraged to contact their
    legislators in opposition to the TNRCC plan. Simply put, this is the next
    logical step.
    SEMA's Outreach and Public Affairs Director Brian Caudill noted, "Just last
    summer Texas hobbyists managed to help defeat a strong effort to pass a
    scrappage program in the Texas legislature. Now, an unelected regulatory
    agency, the TNRCC, is attempting to do what the legislature failed to
    accomplish. We are hopeful that Texas legislators will see that the TNRCC
    proposal is too flawed and too controversial to go into effect without their
    scrutiny and approval."


    New Jersey Pro-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Gathers Steam...

    New Jersey legislation that would prohibit local areas from implementing an
    ordinance or land-use regulation that would prevent automobile collectors
    from pursuing their hobby crossed its first legislative hurdle. The bill
    (A.B. 1403) overwhelmingly passed in the General Assembly's Local Government
    and Housing Committee; the next step is for the bill to receive
    consideration by the full New Jersey General Assembly and then by the New
    Jersey Senate. SAN members as well as SEMA-member companies in New Jersey
    have been on alert regarding this bill and will be notified regularly as to
    the bill's progress.
    A.B. 1403 provides safeguards for hobbyists to maintain collector vehicles
    on private property; establishes reasonable provisions for locating vehicles
    out of ordinary public view by means of inside storage, fencing, trees,
    shrubbery, etc.; and allows collectors to conduct mechanical repairs and
    modifications to vehicles on private property.
    The principal "mover and shaker" on this bill, the one at whose request it
    was drafted and introduced is Bill Berenato, Legislative Representative for
    the Antique Automobile Club of America, South Jersey Region. We are all
    indebted to Mr. Berenato and his club for their efforts in championing this
    legislation.

    .While A Similar Pro-Hobbyist Bill Falters in Washington State

    In an unfortunate contrast to New Jersey, a virtually identical bill (H.B.
    1174) has failed to move in committee in the Washington State House Local
    Government Committee. According to SAN members familiar with the
    proceedings, the bill looked as though it had won much support until
    successful lobbying by the Washington Association of Cities helped derail
    its consideration. Washington hobbyists can take heart, however, because the
    bill was not killed outright. According to Scott Cedergreen of the
    Washington Car Club Council, there is still plenty of time to hammer out a
    compromise that meets both hobbyist and the Association of Cities' concerns.

    Pro-Hobbyist "Replicar" Bill Moves Through the Utah Legislature
    By Car Enthusiast Mike Bell of Sandy, Utah

    For those of us who grew up in the '50s and '60s, the cars of that era
    represent our youth and our culture. However, when we were in high school,
    many of those dream cars were out of our financial reach; many of us could
    not afford to purchase that 1957 Chevy or that '32 roadster that entered our
    dreams every night. Now that we are a little older and a little more
    affluent, the cars of our youth are largely gone...but not forever. Some
    daring souls recreate those dream cars form kits, from scratch or even from
    the junk pile. For those that recreate these classic cars, the work is often
    a labor of love. Some of you that have had the opportunity to ride in a
    recreated or rebuilt classic can appreciate the time and devotion that goes
    into building them.
    Currently, when a classic recreation is completed, the Utah state licensing
    and emissions regulations make these recreations difficult to license and
    register. As a result, many owners of classic cars are registering their
    vehicles out of state. In addition, many of these classic car owners belong
    to associations that regularly hold car shows. These shows are big events
    that can last up to a week. Not only do the shows give owners of classic
    cars an opportunity to show off their creations, but the shows also bring in
    a lot of money to local businesses.
    The Utah bill (S.B. 120) seeks to make it easier for classic car owners to
    register their creations in the state of Utah. Specifically, the bill 1.)
    creates an updated definition of a replica vehicle as a motor vehicle with a
    body that is or resembles the body of a motor vehicle that has a model year
    prior to 1969 (this was amended to 1975 on the Utah Senate Floor-Ed); 2.)
    allows replicas to be used for occasional pleasure rides but not for daily
    transportation; 3.) allows replicas to meet the emissions standards of the
    model year of its engine; 4.) maintains that a replica must conform to
    current vehicle braking standards; 5.) maintains that the owner must certify
    to emissions testing stations that the vehicle is used for the purpose above
    in order to qualify for the exceptions provided by this bill.


    Virginia Legislature Considers Emissions Testing Exemption for Older
    Vehicles

    A bill has been re-introduced in the Virginia legislature to exempt
    vehicles 25 years old and older from the state's mandatory emissions
    inspections. Existing law in Virginia only exempts vehicles manufactured
    prior to the 1968 model year from emissions inspections.
    Virginia SAN clubs and members will recall that last year a very similar
    bill, H.B. 1955, was derailed at the last moment by a very unusual
    procedural move when this overwhelmingly supported bill was sent back to
    committee for "consideration" on the last day of the Virginia legislative
    session, effectively killing it. At that time, outraged bill co-sponsor
    Delegate James Dillard (R-District 41) claimed that this was the first time
    in his 26 years in the Virginia legislature that he had ever seen this
    tactic used to kill a bill.
    Ironically, this new bill (H.B. 1522) is sponsored by the same Delegate
    James Dillard. H.B. 1522 provides for a rolling 25-year exemption that would
    exempt pre-1975 vehicles upon enactment and would pick up an additional
    model year for each year the law is in effect. SEMA member companies and SAN
    clubs that were active in the fight last year have been alerted. With the
    help of clubs such as the Prince William Cruisers, the Southwest and Central
    Virginia Car Club Councils, the Virginia Automobile Protective Society and
    the Roanoke Valley Mopar Club and many others, SEMA is hopeful H.B. 1522
    will finally become law.


    MARCH SAN CLUB EVENTS
    ALABAMA
    . March 11, Mobile
    32nd Birthday Party
    Sponsor: Antique Automobile Club of America, Deep South Region
    Information: 334/661-4009

    CALIFORNIA
    . March 1-14, Bakersfield
    41st March Meet
    Sponsor: Vintage Drag Racing Association
    Information: 925/838-9876

    . March 27-28, Pleasanton
    18th Spring All-American Get-Together
    Sponsor: Goodguys Rod and Custom Association
    Information: 925/838-9876

    . March 31-April 3, Pomona
    International Auto Salon
    Sponsor: Specialty Equipment Market Association
    Information: 909/396-0289

    CONNECTICUT
    . March 4, Southington
    Bowling Night-CT MG Club vs. CT Triumph Register
    Sponsor: Connecticut MG Club
    Information: 860/482-MGMG
    FLORIDA
    . March 4, Ft. Lauderdale
    AACA Winter National Meet
    Sponsor: Antique Automobile Club of America, Ft. Lauderdale Region
    Information: 717/534-1910

    . March 4, Brandon
    19th Annual Mustang, Shelby and Ford Roundup
    Sponsor: Classic Mustangs of Tampa
    Information: 813/961-3223

    . March 11-12, Panama City Beach
    4th Annual Spring Fling
    Sponsor: Vital Signs Club
    Information: 850/271-3764

    . March 26, Wheaton
    Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Cadillac Swap Meet
    Sponsor: Buick Club of America, Chicagoland Chapter
    Information: 847/464-5933

    KENTUCKY
    . March 4, Louisville
    26th Annual Old Time Rock 'n Roll Dance
    Sponsor: Okolona Street Rods
    Information: 502/937-9781

    LOUISIANA
    . March 10-11, New Orleans
    Truck and Auto Accessories Expo
    Sponsor: Specialty Equipment Market Association
    Information: 909/396-0289

    MARYLAND
    March 19, Glen Burnie
    Multi-Car Club of Maryland Bowling Challenge
    Sponsor: Multi-Car Club of Maryland
    Information: 410-224-6406

    MINNESOTA
    . March 14, St. Paul
    Legislative Committee's "Run to the Hill."
    Sponsor: Minnesota Streetrod Association
    Information: 320/255-5352

    NEW JERSEY
    . March 17-18, Hightstown
    Junk Yard Run
    Sponsor: Jersey Late Greats
    Information: 732/291-3553

    TEXAS
    . March 19, Marble Falls
    Teddy Bear Car and Truck Show
    Sponsor: Mac's Pack
    Information: 512/355-3618

    NEWLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION
    Note: The following state bills are not laws. They have been recently
    introduced and are currently being
    considered for adoption by the respective state legislatures.
    EMISSIONS
    ARIZONA: H.B. 2104 seeks to revise provisions of the repair and retrofit
    program.

    ARIZONA:H.B. 2488 would terminate the emissions inspection program on
    January 1, 2005.

    FLORIDA: S.B. 2076/H.B. 819 seeks to abolish motor vehicle emissions testing
    program.

    HAWAII: S.B. 2547/H.B. 2328 would provide for "feebates" in which a
    surcharge is paid for purchasing a "gas guzzler" while a rebate is given for
    buying a fuel-efficient car.

    KENTUCKY: H.B. 214 would recognize out-of-state certificates indicating that
    a vehicle passed or was exempted from emissions inspection when registering
    in Kentucky counties requiring emissions testing.

    NEW JERSEY: A.B. 3641 would exempt vehicles 5 years old or less from
    emissions inspections.

    WASHINGTON: H.B. 2421 would prohibit the state Department of Transportation
    from implementing the I/M 240 test as part of the motor-vehicle inspection
    procedure.

    EQUIPMENT
    DELAWARE: H.B. 426 would require that license plates not be fully or
    partially covered with tinting material; plate frame not conceal or obscure
    information, including registration sticker.

    IOWA: H.B. 2076 would require operating headlights whenever windshield
    wipers are in continuous operation.

    KENTUCKY: S.B. 146 would prohibit operating vehicles with iron, steel or
    wooden tires unless tires are equipped with a rubber strip or a rubber
    compound on the portion in contact with the roadway.

    MISSISSIPPI: H.B. 115/S.B. 76 would require use of head and tail lamps when
    visibility is poor.

    MISSISSIPPI: S.B. 2393 would require vehicles operated on public roads to be
    equipped with front and rear lamps.

    INOPERABLE VEHICLES
    MARYLAND: S.B. 41 would provide notification procedures, etc., before
    transferring ownership of abandoned vehicles.

    INSPECTIONS
    MISSISSIPPI: H.B. 88 would remove the current exemption from safety
    inspections for pre-1961 vehicles.

    MISSISSIPPI: H.B. 312 would repeal the annual vehicle safety inspection
    requirement.

    VIRGINIA: H.B. 66 would prevent the issuance of a safety inspection approval
    sticker unless vehicle meets window tinting requirements.

    NEW JERSEY: S.B. 2300 would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicle to
    take actions to alleviate delays in the motor vehicle inspection process.

    MISCELLANEOUS
    WASHINGTON: S.B. 6115 would reinstate the exemption from property tax for
    vehicles.

    WEST VIRGINIA: S.B. 52/H.B. 2456 both seek to exempt antique vehicles and
    motorcycles from taxable personal property.

    SALVAGE VEHICLES
    VIRGINIA: S.B. 756 would define a salvage vehicle as one with an estimated
    cost of repair exceeding 75 percent of actual cash value.

    SCRAPPAGE
    NEW JERSEY: A.B. 616 would repeal law requiring vehicle scrappage program.

    SPECIALTY VEHICLES
    HAWAII: S.B. 2191/H.B. 1931 would expand special interest vehicle definition
    to include special interest vehicles manufactured prior to 30 years before
    current year; provides that hoods, door handles and bumpers would be
    optional on these vehicles.

    VIRGINIA: H.B. 441 would allow use of certain antique vehicles for general
    transportation.

    WEST VIRGINIA: H.B. 2428 would define classic motor vehicle as one which is
    more than 25 years old and used for general transportation; provides for
    special registration and plates.

    TITLING, PLATES AND REGISTRATION
    COLORADO: S.B. 407 would authorize use of original plates on collector
    vehicles if the plates were made prior to 1977, are embossed, legible and
    issued in the same year as the make of the vehicle.

    GEORGIA: H.B. 1238 would revise the definition of an historical license
    plate from 1942 to 1960 or earlier.

    MISSISSIPPI: H.B. 41 would allow issuing of special plates for antique
    pickup trucks.

    MISSOURI: H.B. 1078/H.B. 1193 seek to register license plates over 25 years
    old as historic plates for use on vehicles if the plate is consistent with
    vehicle's year of manufacture.

    RHODE ISLAND: S.B. 2171 would exempt antique vehicles from front license
    plate requirement.

    RHODE ISLAND: H.B. 6762 would allow properly registered antique vehicles to
    display year of registration plates.

    SOUTH CAROLINA: H.B. 4485 would prohibit assignment of a title unless the
    assignor certifies knowledge of structural repairs to the vehicle frame or
    suspension in excess of $2,000 in value.

    SOUTH DAKOTA: H.B. 1130 would allow titling of salvage, rebuilt and flood
    damaged passenger vehicles.

    TENNESSEE: H.B. 2376/S.B. 2480 seek to create special purpose plates for
    operating vehicles in the midst of the restoration process for road testing
    purposes; one must have a business license to be eligible for this special
    purpose plate.

    UTAH: S.B. 137 would maintain that one may not buy or sell a salvage or
    branded title vehicle at an auction; exceptions are made for licensed
    salvage vehicle buyers.



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