Maine Bill Protecting Hobbyist Activities Signed Into Law

Working with officials from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine Municipal Association and the state’s vehicle enthusiast community, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) amended a bill that threatened to repeal the current hobbyist exemption from the state’s graveyard laws.  The original bill would have required hobbyists to get business licenses and be regulated as automobile graveyards.  Under the SAN amendment, hobbyists will retain the exemption but will be required to screen project cars from public view and properly handle vehicle fluids to prevent environmental contamination.  The bill, with the amendment, was passed by the Maine Legislature and signed into law by Governor John Baldacci.