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    1. Member
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      03-27-2012 01:00 AM #1
      Ran across this tonight http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2012...-smog-testing/ .

      When you open the link you will see that the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee votes on whether to pass this on tomorrow. It gives e-mail addresses for each member.

      I sent the following message to each member:

      "Amend smog check cut off to 1981

      I ran across information about this proposal by accident tonight.
      As an auto hobbyist, I strongly support this and would also support a return to the previous 30 year rolling exemption or better yet, 20 or 25 years like many other states.
      Thank you for considering this issue,
      George A Hamilton Jr, Crockett, Ca"

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      Send your own message to each. Ask your friends.

      Just think, all Scirocco1's would be exempt.
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      03-27-2012 01:43 AM #2
      I hope it does get passed and go in affect soon, I have my eye on a mk1 Scirocco sitting in my neighbors backyard.
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      real deal<p>After spending two months in the mk3 forum it drove into the woods and set fire to itself.

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      03-27-2012 01:53 AM #3
      i emailed them, thanks for the link. i put the link up on my facebook.
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      1983 MKI Jetta, 1980 Rabbit PU, 1990 G-60 Corrado, MKV R32
      04-17-2012 11:46 PM #4
      Apparently SB 1224 has failed in a 4 to 3 vote. So pre 1980 cars (76 +) still need to be smoked.


    5. 06-01-2016 07:38 PM #5
      The bill was re-introduced this year and was unanimously approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee after it was amended to require proof of historic/collector vehicle status (i.e. insurance). It will only be run for two years and require legislative renewal.

      The bill now moves to the full senate for voting. Contact your local representatives to encourage their support.



      Have no idea why they wouldn't bring back the rolling exemption Just make it 40 years

    6. 06-09-2016 02:43 PM #6
      Got this email this morning. Disappointing but unsurprising outcome. I'm going to remain hopeful that since the bill made it further than last time, the Senate will eventually come around. The leginfo link I posted above will also have details of the senate vote.

      Thank you for your message regarding Senate Bill 1239 by Senator Ted Gaines. I appreciate hearing from you.

      SB 1239 would have expanded the smog check exemption for pre-1976 model year vehicles to include any vehicles manufactured between 1976 and 1981, if the owner can provide proof that the vehicle is insured as a collector car.

      As you may know, SB 1239 failed to pass the Senate on June 2. It received only 18 “aye” votes, three votes short of a majority. With the exception of one senator who was out ill, all the senators who opposed or did not vote for the bill are Democrats.

      I supported SB 1239 on three separate occasions. I voted for it as a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on April 19, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 27 and finally on the Senate Floor on June 2. SB 1239 simply recognizes that most pre-1981 vehicles constitute a very small portion of the overall vehicle population and are well-maintained and infrequently driven. I wholeheartedly agree that it is wrong for the state to continue to scapegoat these vehicles and their owners as a reason for California’s air quality issues.

      I believe SB 1239 provides a fair and environmentally sensitive pathway for the “older car” hobbyists to pursue their hobby and should have been approved. If Senator Gaines reintroduces the measure again, it will have my strong support.

      Please let me know if I can be of assistance on other state matters in the 36th Senate District (Orange and San Diego counties).


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