We have a bill! Urgent action is requested.
The actual bill is posted on Alfa Heaven's website. http://www.alfaheaven.com/MilitarySection/WiscDotfile/OpenLtr.html (you may need to hit "refresh" if you've been there recently.)This is the first of several actions we need supporters to take. There will be more steps, so stay alert! This is the Legislative Alert, sent today from Sen. Glen Grothman's office:
February 3, 2012
ATTENTION WI MOTOR VEHICLE ENTHUSIAST:
You are receiving this email because you have contacted our office in the past regarding your concerns about TRANS 123 (which has been temporarily defeated) or other vehicle registration issues. Your action is needed to support a bill that is being introduced by Senator Glenn Grothman.
1. See the memo below circulated to the legislature today which includes a summary of the bill. If you would like to read the bill it is attached to this email. NOTICE THE SHORT DEADLINE, PLEASE ACT NOW!
2. Contact your both of your Wisconsin State Legislators and tell them to COSPONSOR LRB 3267/1.
If you don't know who they are please follow this link: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
3. Forward this email to all of your friends and family and ask them to do the same.
4. Stay tuned for more alerts in the following weeks as we garner support for the bill and move it through the legislative process. We will need your help in the future!
Thank you for your attention and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact our office at 608-266-7513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 11:47 AM
To: *Legislative All Assembly; *Legislative All Senate
Subject: SHORT DEADLINE Co-Sponsorship of: The Motor Vehicle Registration Rights Act LRB 3267/1
FROM: Senator Glenn Grothman
608-266-7513 or email@example.com
DATE: February 3, 2012
RE: Co-Sponsorship request for LRB 3267/1 The Registration Rights ActSHORT DEADLINE: Thursday, February 9, 2012.
Currently Wisconsin offers many ways to register vehicles; regular, hobbyist, collector, farm, etc. Many types of motor vehicle registration impart operating restrictions ranging from regular registration, which is minimally restrictive, through HMV registration in which a vehicle can only be used to and from special events.
Up until a few years ago Wisconsin residents enjoyed the freedom to own and proudly drive on the roads their vehicle of choice. Due to WI DOT cutting budgets and nonsensical internal philosophies, the agency has been relying more and more on their computer technology to cut corners. This is very problematic when dealing with the large variety of vehicles on the road today.
Many citizens are being improperly denied the registration of their choice based on such insignificant factors as a radio, color, or hubcaps. I found that most of the problems stem from the WI DOT's interpretation of prohibitions based on vehicle condition or equipment and in many cases the citizen's options for proving compliance are limited or impossible. In other cases, vehicles that were previously registered here in Wisconsin are now being denied registration upon change of ownership.
WI DOT's actions have adversely affected citizens, and have had a detrimental impact on the agricultural, forestry, construction, and automotive industries. Their actions have also lead to multiple costly as well as time consuming appeals and ongoing problems for constituents.
This bill was created to address numerous citizen concerns as to the registration of motor vehicles in Wisconsin.
LRB 3267/1 Does the Following:
Repeals a state statute that contains an obsolete reference in law, and has created confusion and misapplication.
Repeals a statute that has taken legally-complying vehicles off the road.
Prevents monetary losses to citizens encountered when a formerly-legal vehicle is reduced to non-highway-legal status for the sake of clerical convenience within the department.
Gives residents the ability to have second chance if the DOT denies registration. The bill repeals two prohibitions which were problematic for motor vehicle owners and instead applies an existing inspection procedure to determine minimum applicable standards to make a vehicle eligible for regular registration. This bill still allows the DOT to deny registration if they have concerns about vehicle condition or equipment, but in the event the application is denied; LRB 3267/4 provides a simple and low-cost way for the owner to verify compliance with the requirements.
Reduces fiscal impact by the citizen bearing the cost of an inspection versus the state employees expending substantial time and resources to determine eligibility.
Makes a change to the requirements for collector car registration by allowing vehicles which have been minimally modified (such as for improved safety or drivability) to register as a collector, so long as they do not substantially alter the vehicle. Thus, remaining true to the intent of the collector plate registration.
If you would like to cosponsor LRB 3267/1 please contact Sen. Grothman's office at 608-266-7513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
by Thursday February 9, 2012.