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Washington State Pro-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Gets Hearing on Monday

SEMA, Washington State, pro-hobby inoperative vehicle bill
Posted January 24 2013 02:07 PM by Scott Ross 
Filed under: Miscellaneous

SEMA Action Network

Attention, Mopar enthusiasts in Washington State: There's a hobby-friendly bill set for a hearing at the State Capitol this coming Monday (January 28th) that would prohibit cities or towns from enforcing ordinances aimed at your cars and trucks (especially your project & parts cars).

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SEMA Action Network

A version of SEMA model legislation (Washington Senate Bill 5121) to prohibit cities or towns from enforcing an ordinance, development regulation, zoning regulation, or administrative practice that prevents automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby will be considered by the Washington State Senate's Governmental Operations Committee on Monday, January 28.  

Junked, wrecked or inoperable vehicles stored on private property would only require screening from public view.  

Under the bill, six or fewer vehicles that are 30 years old or older, including one parts car, would be permitted for hobby vehicle restoration, as long as restoration is an ancillary use of the property.  

If you have not yet contacted committee members to voice your support, now is the time to do so. 

Protect Your Passion

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Support for S.B. 5121

•S.B. 5121 would permit the repair or modification of motor vehicles on private property that are undergoing restoration.
•S.B. 5121 would permit the maintenance of a parts car as a source of parts for motor vehicles undergoing restoration.
•S.B. 5121 permits the maintenance for restoration of vehicles 30 years old and older, which corresponds to Washington State’s definition of “collector vehicles.”
•S.B. 5121 establishes reasonable provisions that vehicles be located out of public view by means of suitable fencing, trees, shrubbery or other means.  
•S.B. 5121 demonstrates a real effort by legislators and hobbyists to enact reasonable and fair compromise legislation.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee to request their support for S.B. 5121.

SEMA Action Network

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SEMA Action Network and help defend the hobby!

Thank you for your assistance.  

Washington Senate Governmental Operations Committee

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

Senator Pam Roach (Chair)
Phone: 360-786-7660

Senator Don Benton (Vice Chair)
Phone: 360-786-7632

Senator Bob Hasegawa
Phone: 360-786-716

Senator John Braun
Phone: 360-786-7638

Senator Steve Conway
Phone: 360-786-7656

Senator Karen Fraser
Phone: 360-786-7642

Senator Ann Rivers
Phone: 360-786-7634

(Courtesy SEMA Action Network)

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