2015-16 Legislative Bills Related to Motorcycles/Motorcyclists

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  1. tod701

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    Part of the Senate Rules Committee process.
    They go around the table and each member gets to select a bill that has been refered to the committee. The list of bills selected is called the "green sheet". These bills are then elegible to be voted out of committee and sent to the floor of the Senate for consideration by the full body of the Senate.

    http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/RULE/Pages/RulesShorthandGuide.aspx
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    WOHVA 2017 Legislative Session Update


    The 2017 Washington State legislative session is well under way and it looks like it will involve a protracted budget battle.

    So far, all of the proposed budget legislation includes millions of dollars of increased ORV funding reflecting our share of the recent gas tax increases.

    So far, so good, but these bills will undoubtedly evolve significantly before they are enacted so we will be watching closely.

    A number of bills have been introduced that would create a “carbon” or “fossil fuel” tax. All of these bills would add a new tax on motor vehicle fuel, varying from 14 to 23 cents a gallons with provisions to automatically go up in the future. The money would go to a variety of uses, including education. Since Article II, Section 40 of the Washington State Constitutionprohibits money from motor vehicle fuel taxes from being used for non-road purposes, this appears to us to be unconstitutional.

    WOHVA is actively opposing House Bill HB1286 due the disproportionately large portion of the cost burden it would impose on the purchasers of ORV permits. This bill would raise the title change fee from $12 to $18. It would also raise registration renewal fee from $5 to $9. The result would be having to pay $30.75 for a $18 ORV permit with only $14.76 going toward ORV recreation. The fee money would go to buying new ferry boats. We are working with key Legislators to craft a better solution concerning ORV permit fees.

    There are a few bills introduced that would require proof of insurance to obtain or renew a motor vehicle if insurance is required by law. None of these have seen any real progress.

    On the WATV road use front, House Bill HB1156 would expand the WATV road use county population threshold from 15k to 300k. This would expand it out to all but the five largest counties. This bill received a hearing before the House Transportation Committee, but the committee chairman Judy Clibborn appears disinclined to bring it up for a vote.

    House Bill HB1307 would allow local jurisdictions to establish different speed limits for different vehicle types. This would facilitate opening some roads with speed limits over 35 mph to WATV use at a slower speed limit.

    Once again, WOHVA is supporting legislation that would allow spouses to share their volunteer hours for the purpose of earning a free Discover Pass. This year the bill is Senate Bill SB5200 and was passed by the Senate Natural Resources Committee without opposition.

    We have drafted new landowner liability protection legislation and Grant Nelson is working with the lobbyists representing the trial lawyers to see if we can come up with something they will not oppose. Unfortunately we have made little progress on this issue this year. The trial lawyers are very powerful in Olympia.

    The Washington State Motorsport Dealers Association is promoting two bills, House Bill HB1446 and Senate Bill SB5338. This would make it a gross misdemeanor for a resident of WA to register an ORV or snowmobile in another state for the purpose of evading WA state registration fees. They believe Washington State is losing out on a large amount of ORV funding due to people illegally registering their vehicles out of state. Since this is already illegal under existing RCW46.16A.030(6) it is unclear what this would actually accomplish other than bringing visibility to the issue.

    Keep an eye on the WOHVA Facebook page to stay up to date and learn how you can help us achieve OHV positive legislative outcomes.

    Also, check our “Legislative of Interest to OHVers” web page on www.wohva.org to see ALL the legislation that may be of interest of OHVers.

    Happy trails,

    Tod Petersen
    WOHVA Political Action Committee Chairman
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  3. tricky P

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    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Had a little blurb pop up, bill failed to reach the house, nobody wanted to vote on it.
    Clibborn states not her fault, yet all points that direction.
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  7. tod701

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    SB5378 is still in play.
    It was passed by the Senate and is now awaiting a hearing before the House Transportation Committee.

    http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5378&Year=2017
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  8. Tirespin

    Tirespin Been here awhile

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    There's a demonstration in support of SB5378 today in Olympia at 11:00 am. I didn't hear about it until this morning, I don't know who's organizing it. I can't make it on such short notice, but hopefully some of the inmates can go represent us.

    http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/mot...aring-on-lane-splitting-legislation/503512736

    The text of the article is pretty neutral, but the picture they chose to use shows their editorial slant. They should have used this picture, from this article http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/transportation/article3204990.html.[​IMG]
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  9. Tirespin

    Tirespin Been here awhile

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    I just found this Youtube video in support of lane splitting made here in Seattle. It's the best one I've seen for sharing with non-riders to get them on board.
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  10. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    $85 for annual registration on my bike.

    The weight fees per pound are higher for my bike than they are for a full size 4x4 pick up truck with a one tone load in the back.

    The hit in the wallet that we motorcyclists are taking is arbitrary, capricious, malevolent and discriminatory.

    Penalizing people for operating high efficiency ecco friendly vehicles , for consuming far less resources and lessening traffic congestion, wear and tear on roads and lowering our carbon footprint.

    Not very educated of our legislators is it ?
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  11. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    :rofl Since when does politician and education or intellect go hand in hand?
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  12. tod701

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    It happens sometimes, but with a big enough bankroll it does not appear to be a prerequisite.

    Also, please don't put education and intellect as having similar value.
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    I just opened my DOL bill for a 2012 Yamaha Zuma scooter $88.75!!!!! I can't hardly fn wait to see wtf it is going to be for my two
    50cc scooters. I have seven plated motorcycles and three boxes, going to be some bikes/scooters for sale. What the hell do I care
    about a train for Seattle.
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  14. Motorius

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    I just paid taxes and plated a '12 R1200R. something like $860 out the door. Roughly $260 of that was not taxes. Ouch!
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  15. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    I'd say they've educated themselves well on how to fleece their constituents of the maximum $$$.
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  16. Gyrene84

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    Any new updates on lane sharing/splitting?
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    I think it's dead for the year again...go Clibborn...
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  18. Motorius

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    Clibborn. :dirtdog
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    The wunnerful Mercer nary is 73 years old though, perhaps she'll retire.
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    She'll probably stick around dispensing her "wisdom".