Beacon Hill Flash – 06-04-2018

 

Beacon Hill Flash

You need to show your support

As was reported in May, amendment #1180 (HB-4401 – exempting vehicles over 75 years old from inspection) was attached to the House version of the 2019 budget. The Senate version did not have it attached, so the bill will now go to a committee for negotiating the differences.  That is where you can help.

Outlined below are the key contacts for the committee, and we need to show them that there is support for this amendment (#1180).  We would like for you to communicate with your members, and ask them to write, email or call – one or more of the representatives.  Personalized messages are always best, but any message is better than none.

Some important items to stress:

  • This bill will have a POSITIVE revenue impact for the Commonwealth ($50 vs $60 – 2 years of standard registration)
  • It will help to preserve automotive history
  • Will encourage “restrictive” use of these vehicle (Year of Manufacture or collector plates required)

Note: The benefits to the hobby outweigh these items

This maybe our best chance to make a difference!
House
Senate
– Chairman -Jeffrey Sánchez (D)

Jeffrey.Sanchez@mahouse.gov

24 Beacon St.

Room 243

Boston, MA, 02133

617-722-2990

-Chairwoman- Karen Spilka (D)

Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov

24 Beacon St.

Room 212

Boston, MA, 02133

617-722-1640

-Vice Chairman -Stephen Kulik (D)

Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov

24 Beacon St.

Room 238

Boston, MA, 02133

617-722-2380

-Vice Chairwoman- Joan Lovely (D)

Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov

24 Beacon St.

Room 413-A

Boston, MA, 02133

617-722-1410

-Rep. Todd Smola (R)

Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov

24 Beacon St.

Room 124

Boston, MA, 02133

617-722-2100

-Sen. Viriato deMacedo (R)

Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov

24 Beacon St.

Room 313-C

Boston, MA, 02133

617-722-1330

MAAC providing “expertise”

MAAC has been working with Senator Anne Gobi’s and Senator Keiko Orrall’s offices on the paint color and definitions for the Year of Manufacture bill.  Several year of manufacture plates were scanned for color, and those color codes are going to be used to define the colors to be used when restoring a plate. We feel that this will help the process of acceptance by the Registrar.

Thank you to all those MAAC members who provided plates to be scanned as samples.

Bill H.4155 an Act relative to historic routes 1, 6 & 20 – In third reading

H 4155, an Act relative to designating U.S. Routes 1, 6 & 20 as historic Routes in Massachusetts was read second and ordered to a third reading on May 9, 2018.  Should the bill complete it’s third reading, it would proceed to a vote. MAAC feels that this bill, if brought to a vote, would have enough votes to pass.

What has MAAC done for the hobby lately?

The Board at MAAC works hard to track legislation but we also look for ways to help the hobby.  So we are trying something new. MAAC has negotiated a discount at the Interstate Battery story in Waltham.  if you follow the link below, you will find the flyer that has the discounted items, and instructions on how to get a discount on other items.  You just need to mention MAAC’s name!  Please let us know how you feel about the discount and please let us know if you have a suggestion for another business.

Link to the discount

We need you!

We are still looking for a board member, if you are interested or know someone who might be – Please let us know!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Please make sure that your profile (club or individual) information is correct as we are working on the newsletter and we do not want you to miss out.  We use this information for contacting you when there is action needed, so current information is critical.  You will see that only a couple  of the fields are required, so fill in only what you wish. We do want to know roughly how many members you have so we can tell the legislature how many people we represent . You will find a link to your profile at the bottom of the this email.  If you have a problem, please let me know.

William Ellis – President

MAAC cannot stand still.

Legislative activity both at the national and state level continues to threaten our hobby. If we, the hobbyists, want to continue to enjoy our vehicles it will only be through a unified effort. We need to make lawmakers aware of our positions on legislation that  will harm or restrict our hobby interests. To make all this happen, MAAC needs your support by encouraging individual, business and club memberships

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Some Important Dates

National Collector Car Day – July 13th.

Proposed MAAC fall meeting – October 25th – Mass Cruisers Cruise Night

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Positioning Papers & Statement on the Bills in review at the 12/6/17 Transportation hearing.

Several Members of the MAAC Board and other concerned hobbyist testified before a joint transportation committee.  Here are some pictures and copies of the testimonies or positioning papers.

2017 Dec 6 JTC Hearing H-4022 US Route 20H-4022 US Route 20 Historic Route Bill: Rep Tricia Farley-Bouvier (Pittsfield); Brian Farr – Pres. Historic U.S. Route 20 Assoc. & Nancy Fitzpatrick who walked the entire 3,365 miles through 12 states over 5 years testifying.H4022 – MAAC Statement

2017 Dec 6 JTC Hearing S-2149 Street Rod Bill - VINS-2149 Street Rod VIN# Bill; Sarah & David Robson testifying.Bill No 2148-12-5-17-2

2017 Dec 6 JTC Hearing S-1920 YOM Plate Restoration3S-1920 YOM Plate Restoration Bill: William Ellis, Pres. MAAC & Jonathan Rabin, MAAC Board of Directors. Present but not in photo; John Buchanan, MAAC BOD & Martin Gambichler – Beacon Hill Consulting Group (Jack Bartley) Public Hearing (12-06-2017) on S-1920-2017v4