Hearing on Montana Anti-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Cancelled; Rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19. A committee hearing on legislation (H.B. 409) to provide a limit on the number of inoperable motor vehicles allowed to accumulate on private property under “community decay” laws has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The bill had been scheduled for consideration by the House Local Government Committee on Thursday, February 14, 2013. The February 14 hearing has been cancelled. Under the bill, four or more “junk vehicles” on private property would constitute community decay.
We Urge You to Contact Members of the House Local Government Committee (List Attached Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 409
For those interested in attending the hearing to voice their opposition, the committee will meet on Tues., Feb. 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the following address:
State Capitol Room, 172 1301 East 6th Avenue, Helena, Montana 59601
In Montana, a "junk vehicle" means a motor vehicle, including component parts that is discarded, ruined, wrecked, or dismantled; is not lawfully and validly licensed; and that remains inoperative or incapable of being driven. Even vehicles that are permanently registered, but meet these criteria are considered junk vehicles.
Under the “community decay” laws, after giving notice in writing of a violation and upon the failure of the property owner to comply with removal, county officers may enter private property to remove the “junk vehicles” and may assess the property owner for the actual costs for the removal. Nonpayment of the assessment becomes a lien upon the property and is enforceable in the same manner as the nonpayment of property taxes.
H.B. 409 limits to three the number of inoperable vehicles permitted on private property.
H.B. 409 provides no reasonable concessions for legitimate automotive hobbyists that choose to work on more than three inoperable collector vehicles on private property.
H.B. 409 could outlaw the repair or modification of certain motor vehicles that are undergoing restoration.
H.B. 409 would limit the maintenance of parts cars available to hobbyists for motor vehicles undergoing restoration.
H.B. 409 establishes no provisions that would enable vehicles located out of public view to avoid being classified as junk.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Montana House Local Government Committee immediately to request their opposition to H.B. 409.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.
Montana House Local Government Committee
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