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Old 02-02-2011, 09:15 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Anti-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Introduced in AR; Hearing Scheduled for TODAY

http://www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62873

Legislation (H.B. 1252) that would allow cities to remove inoperable vehicles from private property if the vehicle is deemed a “nuisance” under a local ordinance has been introduced in the Arkansas State Legislature. The bill will be considered by the Arkansas House Committee on City, County and Local Affairs on Wed., Feb. 2, 2011.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Arkansas House Committee on City, County and Local Affairs (List Attached Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 1252

For those interested in attending the hearing to voice opposition, the Committee will meet on Wed., Feb. 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the following address:

Room B, Mac Building
1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
  • H.B. 1252 provides no reasonable safeguards for legitimate automotive hobbyists that choose to work on inoperable collector vehicles on private property.

  • H.B. 1252 could outlaw the repair or modification of certain motor vehicles that are undergoing restoration.
  • H.B. 1252 could outlaw the maintenance of parts cars for motor vehicles undergoing restoration.
  • H.B. 1252 establishes no provisions that would enable vehicles located out of public view to avoid being classified as abandoned.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Arkansas House Committee on City, County and Local Affairs immediately to request their opposition to H.B. 1252.

Please e-mail a copy of your letters to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org

Arkansas House Committee on City, County and Local Affairs

Representative Charolette Wagner - Chair
Phone: 870/561-4600
Email: charolette.wagner@arkansashouse.org

Representative Jane English - Vice Chair
Phone: 501/257-7670
Email: jane.english@arkansashouse.org

Representative Toni Bradford
Phone: 870/879-5270
Email: toni.bradford@arkansashouse.org

Representative Tommy Lee Baker
Phone: 870/563-8277
Email: tommylee.baker@arkansashouse.org

Representative Kathy Webb
Phone: 501/258-1949
Email: kathy.webb@arkansashouse.org

Representative Davy Carter
Phone: 501/605-1346
Email: davy.carter@gmail.com

Representative Tracy Steele
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Representative Denny Altes
Phone: 479/646-8981
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Representative Linda Collins-Smith
Phone: 870/378-1434
Email: Linda.Collins-Smith@arkansashouse.org

Representative Jon S. Eubanks
Phone: 479/438-0533
Email: Jon.Eubanks@arkansashouse.org

Representative David L. Branscum
Phone: 870/448-2408
Email: davidlbranscum@hotmail.com

Representative Sheilla E. Lampkin
Phone: 870/723-6449
Email: Sheilla.Lampkin@arkansashouse.org

Representative Jeremy Gillam
Phone: 501/729-0042
Email: jeremy@growing49.com

Representative Andy Mayberry
Phone: 501/888-3522
Email: andymayberry@windstream.net

Representative Betty Overbey
Phone: 479/885-6479
Email: Betty.Overbey@arkansashouse.org

Representative Josh Johnston
Phone: 501/556-1951
Email: josh.johnston@arkansashouse.org

Representative David Fielding
Phone: 870/234-6143
Email: david.fielding@arkansashouse.org

Representative Nate Bell
Phone: 479/394-5665
Email: nate@natebell4arkansas.com

Representative Tommy Thompson
Phone: 501/208-2007
Email: tt4rep@att.net

Representative Leslee Milam Post
Phone: 479/518-0331
Email: leslee.post@arkansashouse.org
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:43 AM   #2
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whatt? that doesnt even make sense to me.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:50 AM   #3
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Well that sounds like a law just begging to be abused by nosy busybody neighbors who don't like car people.

Making sure you don't have some rusty shell sitting out in plain view of the street for years on end is one thing, but this seems to go well beyond that.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:00 PM   #4
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whatt? that doesnt even make sense to me.
Essentially, if you have a parts car or a restoration project parked in your driveway that is deemed an eyesore by a passer-by or neighbor, the city can come and take it away.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:03 PM   #5
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The hearing for this bill has been rescheduled for TOMORROW!
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:09 PM   #6
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:45 PM   #7
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That's asinine. Are people really becoming that egotistical to decide what's deemed "pretty" enough in their eyes?
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:46 AM   #8
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Unfortunately, yes. While we understand that the sight of rusted out vehicles in a front yard with vegitation growing out of it may not be pleasant to the neighborhood, it also shouldn't outlaw someone from having a project or parts car on their own property. That's why SEMA has a common sense bill that says these types of vehicles can be on private property so long as they are obscured out of reasonable plain view (with shrubberty, trees, fencing, etc.).
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:53 AM   #9
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Everyone, call these legislators. We have to protect our passion. Eventually, our new Camaros could be classified as a nuisance and towed away, too.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:06 AM   #10
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That is just plain ridiculous , i paid for my property and if i want cars parked there i dam shure will cause its my property period if you dont like it move your sorry picky asses somewhere else, this is America. if you dont like the way it is or was get the f___ OUT!!
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:15 AM   #11
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That is just plain ridiculous , i paid for my property and if i want cars parked there i dam shure will cause its my property period if you dont like it move your sorry picky asses somewhere else, this is America. if you dont like the way it is or was get the f___ OUT!!
You're right. It is your property, but your neighbors are playing hardball. If they pass this law in Arkansas, it can spread to other states. As a community, we need to stand together and tell those legislators to vote down this bill. Once it becomes law, it is harder to repeal.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:44 AM   #12
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Well said!
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:48 AM   #13
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My covenant has this rule already
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:06 PM   #14
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They need to pass a law to get the couches and washing machines off the front porch first.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:11 PM   #15
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You're right. It is your property, but your neighbors are playing hardball. If they pass this law in Arkansas, it can spread to other states. As a community, we need to stand together and tell those legislators to vote down this bill. Once it becomes law, it is harder to repeal.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:25 PM   #16
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This is why I'm moving out into the country at my earliest opportunity. Don't have to deal with stupid people as often.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:34 PM   #17
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My guess is they have a huge problem with junk cars in peoples front yards. There are environmental concerns to a rotting car.
I think a loophole in the law should handle all concerns.. something like you have to show intent to restore the car like a receipt for a part you bought.. could be a 99 cent hose clamp a receipt is a receipt. I try to see both sides of the coin. I have two cars being restored in my yard..LOL both are ugly at the moment but I see in my mind what they WILL look like..hahahaha
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:27 PM   #18
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This isn't about environmental concerns. This is about nuisance abatement.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:21 PM   #19
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This bill passed the House and is moving to the Senate. It must be stopped! Please make your voice heard TODAY!

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I don't really have a problem with this law. I've been all over the eastern part of Arkansas and southern Missouri. I can tell you that if there are any legitimate gear heads rebuilding a car as a hobby, they don't need to do that in their front yard.

The whole area has MANY inoperable cars that people are too lazy to do anything with so they let them rot in their front yards. I wasn't kidding about the couches and washing machines on front porches either. Way too much of that nonsense as well.

If people want to operate a junk yard, they can buy 10 acres and do it in the country. City limits, where you lower the value of surrounding property, is no place for this kind of stupidity.
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:37 PM   #21
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We sympathize. However, not all enthusiasts have 18 hours a day to work on their cars. That's why we have a common sense solution - model language that says that the vehicles be outside of reasonable plain view. This doesn't do that. Far more restrictive.
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