In Brief: Bill AB 1740 would delete the current 500 “kit-car” limit that can be registered in CA on an annual basis. Your letters and voice of support are needed by March 16th, 2010. The official hearing for this bill is March 22, 2010.
From the desk of:
CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLYMEMBER, SIXTY-SIXTH DISTRICT
March 8 – Thank you for contacting me regarding your interest in AB 1740, a bill which would delete the current 500 ‘kit-car’ limit on the number of specialty constructed vehicles that can be registered in the state on an annual basis. Our bill would delete this limit, and instead require the Department of Motor Vehicles to register any car that meets specified criteria. This issue is a particular interest of mine, having grown up around custom cars as the son of Dean Jeffries and being an automotive enthusiast to this day.
AB 1740 will be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday, March 22, at 1 PM, in Sacramento, CA. Because it is a public hearing, any member of the public can testify and express support or opposition of the bill. Traditionally, the committee chair gives the support and opposition of the bill approximately three minutes total to speak. After these three minutes are up, additional interested parties can register support or opposition, for the public record, by stating their name, affiliation and whether they support or oppose the bill. We will have a designated witness or two to testify on our behalf, so our best course to influence the outcome of the bill is to write letters, make phone calls and contact members of the committee prior to the hearing.
We would encourage you to write letters, send faxes and make phone calls to the Transportation Committee consultants, and to the Assembly members who sit on the committee, which I have listed below. I do not believe we will have any problem getting Republican members of the committee to support the bill, but it is critical to contact the Democratic members of the committee to let them know how important this bill is to you. Please feel free to share your story (what kind of car you have—or wish you had—and what kind of events you drive it to), with a call, e-mail or letter, in order to try and persuade them to support AB 1740. At a minimum, everyone (and every club) should write a letter to the Chairman of the committee and/or the committee consultants.
It is especially helpful if you actually live within the district of one of these members. Furthermore, if you have friends, or know of other car clubs that do live in the districts represented by the members of the Transportation Committee, I would encourage you to let them know about this bill as well. Please note that the “official” deadline for having your support registered in the official committee analysis is Tuesday, March 16. All communications should be received by the Assembly Transportation Committee at that time.
Assembly Transportation Committee- (ph) 916-319-2093 (fax) 916-319-2193
Address: Assembly Transportation Committee, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX (916) 319-2166
41391 Kalmia Street, Suite 220
Murrieta, CA 92562
Assemblyman Mike Eng (D—El Monte) Chairman Assemblymember.Eng@assembly.ca.gov
(ph) 916-319-2049 (fax) 916-319-2149
Assemblyman Bill Berryhill (R-Stockton) Assemblymember.Bill.Berryhill@assembly.ca.gov
(ph) 916-319-2026 (fax) 916-319-2126
Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys), Assemblymember.Blumenfield@assembly.ca.gov
(ph) 916-319-2040 (fax) 916-319-2140
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-San Ramon), Assemblymember.Buchanan@assembly.ca.gov
(ph) 916-319-2015 (fax) 916-319-2115
Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), Assemblymember.Furutani@assembly.ca.gov
(ph) 916-319-2055 (fax) 916-319-2155
Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani (D-Merced/Stockton),
(ph) 916-319-2017 (fax) 916-319-2117
Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach),
(ph) 916-319-2054 (fax) 916-319-2154
Assemblyman Jeff Miller (R-Corona/Mission Viejo), Assemblymember.Miller@assembly.ca.gov
(ph) 916-319-2071 (fax) 916-319-2171
Assemblyman Roger Niello (R-Sacramento), Assemblymember.Niello@assembly.ca.gov
(ph) 916-319-2005 (fax) 916-319-2105
Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton), Assemblymember.Norby@assembly.ca.gov
(ph) 916-319-2072 (fax) 916-319-2172
Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim), Assemblymember.Solorio@assembly.ca.gov