A SEMA-supported bill (S.B. 6005) has been introduced in the Washington State Senate to exempt restoration and custom shops from the requirement that they provide written estimates for the repair of any vehicle that qualifies for a "horseless carriage" or "collector vehicle" license plate, is a "parts car," "street rod" or "custom vehicle." The bill will be considered on Jan. 17, 2012 in the Senate Government Operations Committee.

We Urge You to Contact Senate Government Operations Committee Members (List Attached) Immediately To Request Their Support for S.B. 6005

For those interested in attending the hearing to voice support, the Committee will meet on Tues., January 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the following address:
John A. Cherberg Building
Senate Hearing Room 1
304 15th Ave
Olympia, WA 98504

* S.B. 6005 would allow restoration and custom shops to bill at least every two weeks on a time & materials basis. Shops would be able to accurately inform customers of actual costs and materials, removing vagueness associated with shops attempting to "guess" probable time for unique tasks and probable costs for unique, and in some cases, yet to be fabricated, parts.

* Under Washington law, a "Horseless Carriage" is a vehicle that is more than forty years old and owned and operated as a collector vehicle; a "Collector Vehicle" is any motor vehicle that is more than thirty years old; a "Custom Vehicle" is any motor vehicle that is at least thirty years old and of a model year after 1948 or was manufactured to resemble a vehicle at least thirty years old and of a model year after 1948 and has alterations to one or more of the major component parts; a "Parts Car" is a motor vehicle that is owned by a collector to furnish parts for restoration or maintenance; and a "Street Rod" is a motor vehicle that is a 1948 or older vehicle or the vehicle was manufactured after 1948 to resemble a vehicle manufactured before 1949 and has alterations to one or more of the major component parts.

DON'T DELAY! Please contact members of the Washington State Senate Government Operations Committee immediately to request their support of S.B. 6005. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to stevem@sema.org. Thank you for your assistance.

Washington State Senate Government Operations Committee

Senator Craig Pridemore (Chair)
Phone: (360) 786-7696
Email: pridemore.craig@leg.wa.gov

Senator Margarita Prentice (Vice Chair)
Phone:(360) 786-7616
Email: Margarita.Prentice@leg.wa.gov

Senator Dan Swecker (Ranking Minority Member)
Phone: (360) 786-7638
Email: swecker.dan@leg.wa.gov

Senator Don Benton
Phone: (360) 786-7632
Email: Don.Benton@leg.wa.gov

Senator Maralyn Chase
Phone: (360) 786-7662
Email: Maralyn.Chase@leg.wa.gov

Senator Sharon Nelson
Phone: (360) 786-7667
Email: sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov

Senator Pam Roach
Phone: (360) 786-7660
Email: roach.pam@leg.wa.gov