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Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:54 am
by undysworld
The Public Hearing was held yesterday. I didn't notice any G members there, but I hope you guys at least wrote in.

DOT's Carson Frazier was there, spouting more of her dubious "Facts". Yesterday, she claimed that both Iowa and Minnesota do not allow foreign vehicles which were imported over 25 years old (and therefore exempted from FMVSS) to be registered. Sen. Grothman called those states and found out that she lied.

WHAT A SHOCK!!

Here's what Sen. Grothman wrote:

At the hearing yesterday (9-22-10) the WI Department of Motor Vehicles one more time showed the state of Wisconsin government at its worst. DMV thought that the cars in question would be illegal in Minnesota and Iowa. We have confirmed this is not so. Indeed the DMV cannot for certain name one other state in which these cars would be illegal. They led off presenting a chart showing a nationwide reduction in traffic fatalities but were unable to show one fatality caused by the motor vehicles they are trying to ban today.

As an aside, many of these cars are owned by businesses and community leaders. The behavior of the DMV just furthers the attitude that Wisconsin is an anti-freedom, anti-business state.

I will encourage the committee chairs to take a vote suspending this rule and ultimately, I feel we will win on this issue. However, it is frustrating that under our civil service rules the DMV bureaucrats responsible for this will keep their jobs and continue to boss around the citizens of Wisconsin unnecessarily in other ways.

Sincerely,

Glenn Grothman
State Senator
20th Senate District


Please read his last sentence carefully. It is brilliant. Keep up the efforts everyone.

Regards,
Paul

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:18 am
by Kevin Lockwood
Paul,
Thanks for the update. This Senator needs to be recognized as a friend to vintage motor vehicles.
Kevin Lockwood

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:01 pm
by Old Dodge Guy
Hmmmm, is it documented that a public official Lied to a governmental hearing? Can that be proven? Was that person under oath? I would think that would be an interesting item to run past a government ombudsman/prosecutor/whatever. Some one who has jurisdiction on state government and hearings. I am no expert, but I am sure I would be in trouble if I lied at such a hearing. Just my 2 cents worth.

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:50 am
by undysworld
Kevin,

You are correct. Sen. Glenn Grothman has proven himself to be a big supporter of our rights. (He's not my Senator, so I've got no horse in this race.) Those of you who are in his district would do well to remember him.

My Senator, Sen. Jon Erpenbach, and my Assembly Rep., Sondy Pope-Roberts also played a huge part in getting the "Pinzgauer" law passed. They all deserve to be recognized for their support of our hobby.

Old Dodge,

The DOT rep was Carson Frazier, and no, she was not under oath. Basically, a committee member asked her whether nearby states honored the federal exemption from FMVSS which applies to foreign vehicles imported over 25 years old. Carson stated "Iowa and Minnesota". Well, I know of at least one guy in MInneapolis who owns a Pinzgauer, which was imported via that exemption. One committee member's staff went and called those 2 states. They reported that Carson was incorrect. Did she lie? Well, if it looks like a duck, and smells like a duck, and sounds like a duck... Yes, she lied. You're right, she darn-well ought to be in trouble, IMHO.

But don't just take my word for it. Watch it for yourself: http://www.wiseye.org/wisEye_programmin ... .html#4074 Select "09.22.10 | Joint Committee on Transportation, Tourism, and Natural Resources" at that site.

Carson speaks first, and the committee members just aren't buying her story. See what prompted Sen. Grothman's comments. This is educational viewing.

Paul

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:58 pm
by undysworld
Word today from the Capitol is that the Senate committee is passing a ballot around to vote on sending Trans-123 back to DOT. This was apparently the agreement reached by the Committee chairs and DOT, and essentially tables Trans-123 again. Rep. Steinbrink's office staff indicated that they expect the issue to be taken up next year by the legislature, to try and resolve it with a statutory change (like should have been done originally).

(In Wis., only one committee need act on this. The Senate is able to act via a ballot, unlike the Assy. Doing this by ballot allows them to take action without having to reconvene the committee for an executive session for a vote.)

However, if/when Trans-123 is reintroduced, the committees will only have 10 days within which to act.

Confused yet? Sometimes I think that is the goal. I'll post info when it becomes available.

Paul

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:29 pm
by gerrykan
undysworld wrote:Confused yet? Sometimes I think that is the goal.
A common finding when dealing with politicians, lawyers, and engineers.
They have to try to confuse you over the simplest of things, to justify their expensive college education.

The Hearing's video would be funny if it didn't affect peoples' legitimate property.
To hear the allegation that the 'said' vehicles didn't comply with NHTSA(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) FMVSS(Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards), while repeatedly stating that "Homemade Vehicles" were protected sounds so oxymoronic.
If anything sounds unsafe by its title, it would have to be: "Homemade Vehicle". My brain conjures up images of some guy building a car out of galvanized pipe and 1/4" plywood.

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:54 am
by Txjake
The one thing I want to know, is what is the deal with the DMV in Wisonsin? Have they been co-opted by nut cases? If for no other reason than economics, they should be stopped by any WI legislator. The issue: TAX REVENUE. Each vehicle titled and registered pays a tax at that time. When operated on state roads, they pay gas taxes and road toll fees. They also contribute to ordinary sales tax, as the owner purchases parts, tires, services etc. This is insane :evil:

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:54 am
by undysworld
Agreed.

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:07 pm
by Kevin Lockwood
Congratulations to Paul Underwood and his confederates!!!! If my information is correct Trans-123 is dead!!! WisDOT suffers another defeat at the hands of determined vintage vehicle owners.
I just hope we can take back the highways in Wisconsin for our MVs!
Kevin Lockwood

Re: 9/22/10 Public Hearing for NEW TRANS-123

Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:32 pm
by undysworld
Thanks Kevin. Yeah, we got 'em. Many thanks are also due to Curt Rymkus, one of this state's "old guard" in the fight for the hot-rodders and modified guys. Wish him a happy birthday too, yesterday he turned 70. 8)

Please check my next post coming up soon. We're not done yet...

Regards,
Paul