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Unread 03-31-2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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Attention Oregon Jeepers!!!

Sorry if this is a repost but it's important enough that it shouldn't matter.

This was posted on Warns corporate site. Write your reps and congressmen to keep this from passing.

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Oregon to reintroduce bill to limit suspension/tire alterations
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WRITTEN: MARCH 30, 2011
BY ANDY LILIENTHAL
There's been a bill (H.B. 3147) introduced in the Oregon legislature that would greatly limit a vehicle's suspension, body lift, and wheel/tire modifications. To be specific, H.B. 3147 would ban vehicles whose bumpers are elevated more than 3 inches above the original manufactured bumper clearance. An identical bill was originally introduced in 2001. According to the SEMA Action Network page the bill would:

Ban reasonably altered vehicles due to overstated concerns with bumper mismatch


Discriminate against hobbyists and aftermarket parts makers (ahem ... that's us) by leaving it solely to the vehicle manufacturers to choose bumper heights


Force owners of modified vehicles to spend large sums of money to reinstall original components (ahem ... that's you).


Ban useful alterations that provide adequate clearance for on/off road capability and accommodate heavy loads, larger tires, improved suspension and water-fording capability


Impose a fine of up to $360 per offense for vehicles that exceed the 3 inch clearance requirement


The SEMA Action Network's website states, "This bill tramples on the rights of 4x4 enthusiasts in Oregon." We agree. Not only would this burden enthusiasts, it'd hurt manufacturers, such as Warn Industries, who make off-road equipment.

Warn Industries urges you to contact members of the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development.

Representative Cliff Bentz - Co-Chair
Phone: 503/986-1460
Email: rep.cliffbentz@state.or.us

Representative Tobias Read - Co-Chair
Phone: 503/986-1427
Email: rep.tobiasread@state.or.us

Representative E. Terry Beyer - Co-Vice Chair
Phone: 503/986-1412
Email: rep.terrybeyer@state.or.us

Representative Patrick Sheehan - Co-Vice Chair
Phone: 503/986-1451
Email: rep.patricksheehan@state.or.us

Representative Shawn Lindsay
Phone: 503/986-1430
Email: rep.shawnlindsay@state.or.us

Representative Nancy Nathanson
Phone: 503/986-1413
Email: rep.nancynathanson@state.or.us

Representative Jefferson Smith
Phone: 503/986-1447
Email: rep.jeffersonsmith@state.or.us

Representative Jim Weidner
Phone: 503/986-1424
Email: rep.jimweidner@state.or.us

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Unread 04-02-2011, 11:17 PM   #2
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Thanks for putting this up and providing the link to Warn's site. I was not aware such a bill was even being considered.

I find it odd that our legislators are even considering such a law when the state is struggling to maintain the current level of state police.

Even if the law passes, who will enforce it??
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Unread 04-03-2011, 12:24 AM   #3
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This really pisses me off! Thanks to all the lefties we are quickly becoming the United Socialist States of America.
Tree-hugging, subaru wagon driving vegans seem to have nothing to do but lobby politicians to ban guns, 4x4's and dirt bikes.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 07:25 AM   #4
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BTW the guy sponsoring this is also the same guy behind the OR beer tax. This guy sounds like a real winner.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:20 PM   #5
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Wrote letters to all of the committie as well as the bill sponsor. I heard back from Sheehan the next day and he stated he was voting NO if the bill managed to get to a vote. He represents Clackamas, Boring, Estacada and some other rural areas on the east side. Also a Republican, by the way. Three days later received a response from Read, who is the Co-chair ( Democrat, BTW ) and he wouldn't state how he would vote. But he did indicate that it was highly unlikely that the bill would come to a vote on the senate floor.

Keep writing letters people, because rest assured the anti-everything crowd spends all their days dreaming up ways to ruin ours!
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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:24 PM   #6
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Yup, pretty much the response I got. Shehan said he'd vote NO in an e-mail response to my letter and Read said that it was unlikely to even MAKE it in this session anyways. We've shot it down once before and probably will do so again. Not only does this impact a wide population of persons in Oregon, it create undue work for Law enforcement who have to cite and memorize the "stock" vehicle clearances..
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Unread 04-11-2011, 04:36 PM   #7
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I wrote a letter to the sponsor of the bill, this is the response I received. Evidently alot of letters have come across some inboxes concerning this!

Mike,
Thanks for the note and while I am sorry that I have inspired you to take action against a bill, I am glad that you are engaged in the legislative process.

It is customary to drop bills at the request of constituents, which is how this bill wound up being introduced. I have no plans to pass this bill into law. I introduced it as a courtesy to a constituent who was worried about raised trucks versus little cars, bikes, and pedestrians in accidents. I have told the committee chairs for the Transportation Committee that I do not wish the bill to be considered.

I really wish whatever organization sent out notice to their members about this bill would have contacted our office, as we have never had plans to move the bill through the process and could have saved folks some time and effort working to stop it. Nonetheless, I appreciate your advocacy. I hope that you will be in touch as other issues you care about come before the Legislature.

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Unread 04-11-2011, 04:42 PM   #8
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" as we have never had plans to move the bill through the process "

Then why introduce it in the first place??? Isn't there enough to do in the time allowed as it is?
I, for one, am glad that this was brought our attention. If we all just ignore things like this, they just might get passed! Then we are all screwed. Keep it up, Warn, et al.
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Unread 04-11-2011, 05:13 PM   #9
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Yeah, I found that pretty comical myself. Almost sounds offended that people disagreed with his bill. I also mentioned that infringing on the rights of many to appease the wish of one isn’t exactly a shining example of democracy! I wonder how much money that particualr constituent contributed to his campaign?
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I will help get the word out.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 09:33 PM   #11
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I can hardly imagine this actually passes...
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Unread 09-29-2011, 08:46 AM   #12
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This bill was shot down. Enough people made their voices heard and they had to respond accordingly. Now, if we could just get all the off-road user groups together and fight to get more trails opened up.
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Unread 09-29-2011, 09:43 AM   #13
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This bill was shot down. Enough people made their voices heard and they had to respond accordingly. Now, if we could just get all the off-road user groups together and fight to get more trails opened up.
i could see this happening^
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