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Collector Car Council of Colorado ◊ Legislative Issues

2011 Colorado General Assembly Bills of Interest:
The 68th General Assembly will convene on January 12, 2011 and is mandated by law to close no later than May 11, 2011. Use this link to the Colorado General Assembly home page where you can find current information on all House and Senate bills, contact your representatives and access the Colorado Revised Statutes.

As we saw in the 2010 session, the 2011session is expected to be dominated by the challenge of the successive major annual revenue shortfalls necessitating that some very, very, difficult and painful decisions be made by our legislators. Given that any tax increases must first be sent to the citizens for a vote no sooner than November 2011, most of the focus will be on increasing user fees and cutting entire programs. As always, the OCCC and our full time lobbyist, Leo Boyle, will be working hard to ensure that our hobby is not unfairly impacted by any proposed changes to the CRS. We may need your help to contact your legislators on specific bills. Please stay tuned for more information.

At the National level:
The CCCC has been a member of SEMA for many years and SEMA employs a number of lobbyists in Washington DC that work to protect our interests at the national level. Additionally, SEMA has organized a caucus of state legislators to support our hobby. Here is their description of the program:

State legislators around the country with a common goal to support the motor vehicle hobby have joined the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. The Caucus is a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles. The Caucus will help raise the motor vehicle hobby’s profile in the state legislatures and in the eyes of the public. Working in state capitals, many of these legislators have sought to preserve and protect the hobby by seeking the amendment of existing motor vehicle statutes and creating new programs to safeguard and expand the hobby. Over the past several years, their work has brought a series of significant legislative accomplishments for the vehicle enthusiast community on issues ranging from equipment standards to registration classifications, and from emissions test exemptions to hobbyist rights. By joining the Caucus, these legislators have demonstrated their commitment to upholding the rights of vehicle enthusiasts. In addition, hobbyists will be able to quickly identify which state legislators have chosen to be recognized for their support of this great American hobby.

Representative Mark Barker
Representative Millie Hamner
Representative Chris Holbert
Representative Pete Lee
Representative Larry Liston
Representative Marsha Looper
Representative Nancy Todd
Representative Edward Vigil
Contact these legislators regarding Colorado issues. You can get their email, address or phone numbers by visiting the Colorado General Assembly Home Page. You can also follow the progress of bills daily on this site.  If you are interested in the future of our hobby bookmark this site.
Motor Vehicle Titles, Registrations and Related Legal issues

Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles:
Your county clerk's office is the first place to go for standard title and registration services. If you have a vehicle that qualifies for a collector registration (1975 or older), Horseless Carriage (50 + years), Year of Manufacture plates, kit car titles, etc., you should become familiar with the rules and regulations before you talk with the county clerk's desk. Most of the employees behind the counter do not have any experience with these special issues (they only know what is on the computer screen), so it is important that you have some idea of what you are talking about before you go there. Remember to be polite and patient - getting hot under the collar will not get you anywhere. If you experience difficulties you can request the help of a supervisor. The employees sincerely want to help you. Give them a chance by doing your homework. Visit the Website

Items of Particular interest to CCCC members:

Rules and Regulations Page:
These Rules are written by the Dept. of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles as a guide to the county clerks in their application of the law. The law as written (CRS) can be pretty unintelligible to normal humans like us. County clerks are human too - that means that not all of the clerks pay attention to the Rules. If you have trouble understanding them or if you can't figure out what rule applies to your situation contact one of us and we can help out.

Rebuilder's Title:
This law was designed by the CCCC to help collectors and builders gain title to vehicles found in barns and pastures that can make great hot rods, vintage cars and other long term projects. It applies to vehicles that are at least 25 years old.

Inoperable Collectors Item Registration:  
This Rule applies to vehicles that were manufactured in 1975 or earlier (collector vehicle eligible) that you do not plan on driving on the street until the restoration is completed. This will exempt the vehicle from most registration fees and fines.

Emissions Information:
Electric powered vehicles are exempt. New vehicles are exempt for the first 4 model years. Vehicles registered and plated in the categories of: horseless carriage, street rod, farm, kit cars, collector, and motorcycles are exempt from emissions testing. Visit Website.

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