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(7/20/04) AB 2683 is an anti Classic Car Bill that will no nothing to solve our air quality problems!

This may be our last Chance! Please read and act now!

URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (FINAL HEARING UPDATE) THIS IS IT!

California Emissions Exemption Repeal Bill will Be Considered by Senate Appropriations Committee on August 2nd; Final Showdown! As you are aware, the California Assembly and now the Senate Transportation Committee have passed A.B. 2683, the legislation that would repeal the state's current rolling emissions-test exemption for vehicles 30 years old and older. A wide array of business and environmental interests aggressively support this bill. The measure would repeal the current pro-hobbyist exemption and replace it with a law requiring the permanent testing of all 1976 and newer model
vehicles. On Monday, August 2nd, the Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled a hearing on this bill. If the Appropriations Committee passes this bill, the entire Senate likely will approve it as well and will send to the Governor for his signature. Make no mistake, our backs are against the wall!

Call Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee (List Attached) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to A.B. 2683 Even if you have called or e-mailed previously, it is critical that you make your feelings known once again!

* Existing law in California exempts all vehicles 30 years old and older from emissions testing.

* California's current emissions testing exemption recognizes the minimal impact of vehicles 30 years old and older on vehicle emissions and air quality.

* Vehicles 30 years old and older constitute a very small portion of the overall vehicle population and are a poor source from which to look for emissions reduction.

* Antique and classic vehicles are overwhelmingly well maintained and infrequently driven (a fraction of the miles each year as a new vehicle).

* Legislators, regulators and stationary source polluters are feeling the heat from a failed effort to meet air quality goals
and are looking for a convenient scapegoat. The old car hobby should not carry the burden of their mistakes!

California Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Dede Alpert (Chair)
(916) 445-3952
senator.alpert@sen.ca.gov <mailto:senator.alpert@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Jim Battin (Vice-Chair)
(916) 445-5581
Jim.battin@sen.ca.gov <mailto:Jim.battin@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Samuel Aanestad
(916) 445 - 3353
senator.aanestad@sen.ca.gov <mailto:senator.aanestad@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Roy Ashburn
(916) 445-5405
senator.ashburn@sen.ca.gov <mailto:senator.ashburn@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Debra Bowen
(916) 445-5953
senator.bowen@sen.ca.gov <mailto:senator.bowen@sen.ca.gov>
Senator John Burton
(916) 445-1412
Senator.burton@sen.ca.gov <mailto:Senator.burton@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Martha Escutia
(916) 327-8315
Senator.escutia@sen.ca.gov <mailto:Senator.escutia@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Ross Johnson
(916) 445-4961
Senator.johnson@sen.ca.gov <mailto:Senator.johnson@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Betty Karnette
(916) 445-6447
Senator.karnette@sen.ca.gov <mailto:Senator.karnette@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Michael Machado
(916) 445-2407
Senator.machado@sen.ca.gov <mailto:Senator.machado@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Kevin Murray
(916) 445-8800
Senator.murray@sen.ca.gov <mailto:Senator.murray@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Charles Poochigian
(916) 445-9600
Senator.poochigian@sen.ca.gov <mailto:Senator.poochigian@sen.ca.gov>
Senator Jackie Speier
(916) 445-0503
senator.speier@sen.ca.gov <mailto:senator.speier@sen.ca.gov>


Our wonderful California State Assemble is at our throats again!

AB 2683 is another attempt to ultimately eliminate our classic cars, and our hobby. We are not the threat to the environment they accuse us of, we must fight back!

The following is from Ron Bramlett, owner of Mustangs Plus in Stockton CA.

After reading the following, please write your Assemblyman and State Senator and tell them as a classic car owner and voter, what you think of this bill.


Brian,
         Got your email about AB 2683. I was there and testified against it, for what little good it did. Here’s the scoop. Frank Bohanon of SEMA called and asked me if I would be interested in testifying against AB 2683. AB 2683 “would repeal provisions that grant an exemption from the smog check program for vehicles more than 30 model years old.” This is the exact wording on the analysis which was done by Steve Schnaidt. But what this bill is all about is crushing cars. In their eyes, the more, the better, I’m afraid. I’ve come to this conclusion after witnessing these laughable proceedings.
         After waiting around for three and a half hours for the committee to hear the bill, when it was called, about half the people seated in the audience stood up and went forward. I knew we were in trouble when Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Kevin Murray started out by saying, “who would want to save a 1972 Pinto?” He then went on to say the same about other cars; one other that stuck in my mind is the Gremlin. It just showed that he didn’t get it. Or didn’t want to get it. He also made it clear that they weren’t going to spend a lot of time on the bill. Frank Bohannon was the speaker for the opposition and as he talked, Mr. Murray continually interrupted him and finally, without Frank being able to finish what he was saying, totally cut him off. Saying he had heard enough, he then told the people who were there in support of the bill to come forward, give their name, say who they represented, and that they were for the bill. 15 to 20 people (and possibly more) came forward from the Sierra Club and many other such groups. Finally, I got to say my piece. The fact that I had so many cars registered and insured in the state of California that were not driven anywhere close to the 5,100 miles that the proponents were basing all their assertions on gave Mr. McClintock the opportunity to argue with Mr. Murray about why the rolling 30 was passed in the first place. But, as everything else, Mr. Murray cut him off and took the vote which was 7 to 2 in favor. As a note, there were only four of us for the opposition.
         The real threat here is not what AB 2683 does. This bill specify states that there is no effect on 1975 and earlier cars, a smart tactic on their side. You see, our Classic Mustangs and other pre 1976 cars and trucks are safe from it. But it effects them in another way. If these people are successful in passing this bill (there’s still time to get it defeated, by the way), it will show that they can make an agreement with us (us being all auto enthusiast) and then take it away whenever they decide to. This time it’s the rolling 30. And, as I said before, don’t think for one minute that they’re being good guys because they’re not touching the 1975 and older cars. This is another small bite they can take which they are counting on to not stir up too many people. That's why the pre 1976 cars and trucks are being spared. But the next bill, and we all know there will be a next bill, may be to repeal the exemption on 1966 and up automobiles because, after all, they pollute even more than the 70’s and 80’s cars. And after that, how about all of those 50’s and 60’s cars that were never regulated at all?
         A few years ago, I would not have thought a lot about it. In fact, a few years ago, I probably would have thought that reacting to this would be over reaction. But you know what? I now live in an area where I can be fined if I’m caught with a fire in my fireplace on the wrong night, thanks to the exact same people who support this bill. Unless the car clubs of California and the automobile enthusiasts of California get together and show support, we’re going to wake up one morning and find out that everything with a carburetor on it is now illegal. And that's no joke. We need to send a message to these people. “Leave our hobby alone!” or we’ll vote you out of office. But the trick is to actually have the voters to do it. But, there are a lot of voters out there who love cars..........
         I’m sorry to send you such a long email but once I get started, it’s hard to stop. You should have been there. Frank Bohanon and all the others are fighting a brave battle and they need our help. See if you can fire up enough people to do something about it. Before it’s too late!

Ron Bramlett
Stockton, California


This site lists all of California's Legislators

To find your State Assemblymen, go to; www.assembly.ca.gov/defaulttext.asp

To find your State Senator, go to: www.sen.ca.gov/ftp/SEN/senplan/Senate.htp

For information regarding this bill, such as the text, amendments and votes, go to: www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/acsframeset2text.htm 


Sample Letter: Feel free to use any portion of the letter below. Please modify it to fit your circumstances, I don't want it to become just a "form" letter.


Assemblywoman Sally Lieber

100 Paseo de San Antonio Room 300

San Jose, CA 95113.

Subject: AB 2683

Dear Assemblywoman Lieber;

I am writing to you regarding your introduction of A.B. 2683. I know that the intention of the bill is to help California meet required clean air standards, and to help all Californians breath cleaner air; certainly two noble causes. However, from every account that I’ve read, and from my extensive personal knowledge, the segment of the pollutants that A.B. 2683 targets is not a large enough contributor to help accomplish either goal.

The current exemption on cars age 30 years and over deserves to be kept intact. These cars are mainly owned by collectors, and driven very seldom. I personally own 3 such cars, and combined they are driven less than 4000 miles per year! These miles are put on going to and from shows and other car related events.

Besides placing an undo hardship on the owners, there will be a negative financial impact on many small businesses, charities and local and state sales tax revenues. Everyone I know within the Collector Car Hobby keeps their cars in very good operating condition. In this pursuit, they spend a lot of money. This money supports many small businesses, helps larger business keep employees and adds to local and state tax revenues. Further, many of the shows these cars are driven to are fundraisers. Schools, churches, civic organizations and even cities host car shows to raise funds. These funds are used for many good causes, including aid for underprivileged children, scholarships, community improvements and many other needs not met by government. I personally am involved in two such shows that over the last 8 years have raised and donated nearly $300,000.00! This is from only TWO such shows! There are literally thousands of such car shows in California every year.

If you have not, I urge you to contact a few organizations involved in the collector car hobby, and a few organizations that put on benefit shows and talk to them.

I’m sure you are aware of the term “unintended consequences”. I am deeply afraid that A.B. 2683 will have many. Remember, thanks to a well-intentioned legislated change in California gas, we are now polluting our ground water.

I implore you to reconsider A.B. 2683; it will not accomplish your noble goal.

Sincerely,

 

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