Minutes of May 6th Meeting:
Chairman John Bajumpaa called the meeting to orderat 7:40 P.M. The meeting opened with the memberspresent introducing themselves, identifying theiraffiliations with the 4Cs, whether representing amember club or as individual members.
Previous Meeting Minutes:
Dave Bajumpaa made a motion to accept the minutes of the April 1, 2019 meeting as published in the May 2019 issue of The Voice; it was seconded by Don Liepelt and passed unanimously.
Treasurer John Jarush reported the current bankbalances based on income and expenses through theend of April, 2019. He noted the receipt of donationsin addition to their membership dues from CHAS andCSRA. A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report byDon Liepelt was seconded by Bobbi Juhas and passedunanimously.
Dave Bajumpaa began his report by describing the legislature as being in chaos. He explained that there are hundreds of bills awaiting votes but none of what are considered to be the important bills are in that queue. Further, he speculate that a budget is not likely to be resolved by the end of the session. It appears that no plan is in place, and it is very likely will go to a special session will be needed. The tolls issue is still wide open with legislators appearing befuddled by the various schemes under discussion and the lack of any common direction or approach.On the matter of our greatest concern, that is, what effect might a statewide motor vehicle tax may have on the $500 maximum assessment for antique, classic and special interest vehicles, Dave observed that there is still no indication that the assessment limit is injeopardy. Consequently, there is nothing currently on the topic for us to specifically address with legislators. Nevertheless, the various bills addressing motor vehicle taxes bear a close watch so that we know if the assessment limit becomes threatened. Dave believes that if action were to be taken to significantlychange the current motor vehicle tax structure it would likely happen behind the scenes and will only surface in the last few days of the session. To that end,we will let members know as soon as possible if they need to contact their legislators to make our position clear.Bob Balkow reminded the group that our grass roots efforts served us well the last time we called onmembers to contact legislators, and that we need to beprepared to educate our representatives about thematters that concern us. Many of them will not knowthe details of the bills presented to them in the lasthours of the session so they need to hear from us about our concerns. Our experience also shows that legislators do, in fact, pay attention to us and our issues and are impressed that so many of our members contact them. On a less controversial matter, Dave reported that thebill to eliminate the requirement to display a front marker plate has been incorporated into the perennial DMV “cleanup” bill. Since it is somewhat noncontroversial,it is likely to be adopted. Dave noted that the provision does include a requirement that, ifthe State does enact some form of highway tolls, those motorists without a front marker plate would be required to have an EZPass transponder.
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We have been invited to hear a brief presentation from a State Farm Insurance representative about the opportunities and advantages that company can offer to collector car owners. We will plan for a 10-minute presentation at the June, 2019 meeting.
There being no additional business, the Meeting adjourned at 8:22 P.M.
Next Meeting:Our next meeting will be Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Athenian Diner Restaurant (dinner at 7:00 p.m.).
Respectfully submitted,Jim Juhas, Recording Secretary