Washington Inoperable Vehicle Bill Unfavorably Amended by Senate

You might want to contact your Washington State legislator and let them know how you feel about this.


Washington Inoperable Vehicle Bill Unfavorably Amended by Senate  

A version of SEMA model legislation (S.B. 5121) to prohibit cities or towns from enforcing an ordinance that prevents automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby was substantially amended and passed by the Washington State Senate.  Under the original bill, inoperable vehicles stored on private property would only require screening from public view.  Six or fewer vehicles that are 30-years old or older, including one parts car, would be permitted for hobby vehicle restoration.  Under the amended bill, private restorers would be limited to only three 30-year old and older vehicles that are being actively restored.   The amended bill also places the burden of proving compliance on the property owner by “preponderance of the evidence.”  The property owner must demonstrate i) Evidence of active, recent restoration work on the vehicle, including receipts or other pertinent evidence; ii) Evidence that the property owner has a valid current registration or certificate of title for the vehicle; or iii) Evidence that the vehicle has a collector vehicle license plate or a horseless carriage license plate.  The bill will next be considered by the House Local Government Committee on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the House Local Government Committee (List Attached Below) Immediately to Express Your Concerns About the Amended S.B. 5121

For those interested in attending the hearing to voice their concerns, the Committee will meet on Thurs., Mar. 14 at 8:00 a.m. at the following address:

John L. O’Brien Building
House Hearing Room D
504 15th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501

  • S.B. 5121 no longer demonstrates a real effort by      legislators to enact reasonable and fair compromise legislation for the      automobile restorers the original bill was designed to protect.
  • S.B. 5121 requires that these vehicles not be visible      from the street or other public or private property, but removes language      providing property owners the means to comply (e.g. fencing, trees,      shrubbery, etc.).
  • S.B. 5121 fails to understand that under state laws      governing collector vehicle and horseless carriage registration and      license plates, qualifying vehicles must be “capable of being operated      upon the highway.”  Vehicles under the process of restoration are by      their nature not capable of being operated on the roadways.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact all members of the House Local Government Committee to express your concerns about the amended S.B. 5121.  Thank you for your assistance.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Washington House Local Government Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

dean.takko@leg.wa.gov; joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov; david.taylor@leg.wa.gov; linda.kochmar@leg.wa.gov; vincent.buys@leg.wa.gov; larry.crouse@leg.wa.gov; marko.liias@leg.wa.gov; larry.springer@leg.wa.gov; dave.upthegrove@leg.wa.gov


Representative Dean Takko (Chair)

Phone: (360) 786-7806

Email: dean.takko@leg.wa.gov


Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (Vice Chair)

Phone: (360) 786-7952

Email: joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov


Representative David Taylor

Phone: (360) 786-7874

Email: david.taylor@leg.wa.gov


Representative Linda Kochmar

Phone: (360) 786-7898

Email: linda.kochmar@leg.wa.gov


Representative Vincent Buys

Phone: (360) 786-7854

Email: vincent.buys@leg.wa.gov


Representative Larry Crouse

Phone: (360) 786-7820

Email: larry.crouse@leg.wa.gov


Representative Marko Liias

Phone: (360) 786-7972

Email: marko.liias@leg.wa.gov


Representative Larry Springer

Phone: (360) 786-7822

Email: larry.springer@leg.wa.gov


Representative Dave Upthegrove

Phone: (360) 786-7868

Email: dave.upthegrove@leg.wa.gov