Close call for car collectors

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Ohio enthusiasts stalled a year-end push on a harmful bill that would allow townships to confiscate inoperable vehicles deemed to be "junk." The bill would not exclude collector cars on private property. The SEMA Action Network-opposed bill died when the 2006 Ohio legislative session adjourned for the year. While the bill was approved by the Ohio House of Representatives, time ran out before it could be considered by the Senate.
The SAN anticipates the bill will be reintroduced in 2007, and the SAN will work with the Ohio legislature to modify the bill's language to provide project cars with guaranteed protection when properly maintained on private property. This bill, if enacted, could subject many ungaraged historic cars to disposal under the broad definition of junk vehicles.
Leading the charge against the bill is State Representative Kenny Yuko. In addition to owning a '31 Model A Ford, Representative Yuko is also a member of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Joining in this fight are thousands of SAN members, car clubs and hobby-related businesses in Ohio whose phone calls and e-mails to lawmakers have ensured that this harmful bill would not go unnoticed.
"There is a very, very, very fine line between what is considered by some people to be a junk vehicle while another may view it as an opportunity to create a beautiful collector vehicle somewhere in the future," said Representative Yuko during the debate on the bill on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives. "I can assure you that a junk vehicle and a collector vehicle in its early stages almost look like the same thing."
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