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Isn't this the same bill that has stalled up and been ongoing for 2 years now??

Or has there been some developments?
 

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This is a new rendition of the Bill that you were referencing. Hopefully this time it will get through. Each time it has been shot down previously, guys have been working really hard on making adjustments and getting it back on the docket.

You guys know the drill. Let's get the calls and letters going! If we win this one, it'll be a huge victory for MA builders.
 

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This is a slightly revised version of the original Bill. Some language has been changed and we have a few heavyweights on board this time. Send some emails, make some phone calls, and keep your fingers crossed. I do not believe we need a big turnout at the hearing. More later...
 

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Hi Joe,
I was talking about it earlier today. This is a revised Bill with verbage like "only stock exhaust". Cars over 25 years old can have modified exhaust but further along in the pages it said "parades & car show". Not to good if you ask me.
I have not read it but it sounds like trouble in the state house.
Mike
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Who can we email or write to?
 

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I hate to sound negative, but those [email protected]#$%^&*# up on Beacon Hill won't lift a finger for us. Maybe if your representative is in a tight race he might listen, but where I am these guys have been in forever and are only interested in furthering socialist ideas. Remember the 'free market' system doesn't work in the automobile insurance market, they know everything. What do the other 49 states know? :mad:
 

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Repost in regional section might get things rolling better.
 

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Originally posted by Mike Forte:
Hi Joe,
I was talking about it earlier today. This is a revised Bill with verbage like "only stock exhaust". Cars over 25 years old can have modified exhaust but further along in the pages it said "parades & car show". Not to good if you ask me.
I have not read it but it sounds like trouble in the state house.
Mike
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Who can we email or write to?
Mike...wrong bill. You are talking about the exhaust bill we've killed 4 times. It keeps coming back like the Terminator!
 

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Originally posted by Sleekcraft Steve:
I hate to sound negative, but those [email protected]#$%^&*# up on Beacon Hill won't lift a finger for us. Maybe if your representative is in a tight race he might listen, but where I am these guys have been in forever and are only interested in furthering socialist ideas. Remember the 'free market' system doesn't work in the automobile insurance market, they know everything. What do the other 49 states know? :mad:
Steve, you are sounding negative and your comments will be no help to us if any of the few friendly legislators we have read them. Let's be positive here and take any help we can get.
 

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I plan on spending time this weekend writing letters and sending emails. Are there any suggestions for points of emphasis that we should include in our letters? I would think that the most important idea to get across would be to show them that passage of this bill would increase revenue from titling and registration fees as well as sales tax. Do we want to name the neighboring states that have already passed a similar bill? Does SEMA have any figures on how much additional $$ its passage has generated for the state. I would think that may be an important piece of information. We need to be heard on this issue and make sure it doesn't die in committee.

Rich
 

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Don't forget that the world's largest manufacturer and their employees are based in Massachusetts. Also remember all of the related small businesses from Mike's Replica Parts, Fortes, and Stewart Transportation. Finally, remember that a lot of visitors come to FFR and the surrounding area during the year, helping the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries.
 

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Was there any progress?? Just Got Back From NOT getting My Insp sticker..They changed the software and it wont take my sled..will need an exemption form the Reg to get one
 

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I share your pain Dave. I got my rejection sticker this morning. The latest version of the software requires interaction from the tech support people to override the OBDII input.

My local inspection guy has been trying to get a response from his tech support rep for this for nearly a month now. My sticker expired the end of September so my only option at this point was a rejection so at least I can drive the car for another 60 days.

When I had the emissions test two years ago the inspection technician had to navigate through the software up to the OBDII prompt then abort and repeat this multiple times until the computer gave up and instructed him to run the vehicle on the dyno.

Now he has to call tech support for an access code to override the OBDII input. This is even more difficult when tech support doesn't return his calls.

I was given a pamphlet with my rejection with instructions what to do which included a phone number. I'll definitely be calling that number to let them know what I think of their process.

BTW, the car passed emissions no problem two years ago once I found someone that could perform the test. This whole system really sucks.

Sorry for the rant.

Charlie
 

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I got nixed today too. Did either of you try to use the Mass EPA instructions that have been given out in the past to get the computer to overide the OBD2 step. I was hoping that it was just that my inspection guy couldn't read English all that well and that I would be able to go to another station and get it done according to the EPA KITCAR instructions.
 

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Two years ago I called the "help" line and they faxed the override instructions to me. The process has changed since then.

When I call this week I'll let them know I'm not the only one having this problem. It probably wouldn't hurt if others called as well. If they start to get pestered with phone calls maybe they'll fix it. The toll-free phone number on the pamphlet I received with the rejection is 877-387-8234.

Charlie

[ October 14, 2007, 09:02 AM: Message edited by: Charlie M ]
 

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Charlie ..i didnt even get a reject sticker!! they didnt want my money untill they knew that it would work..Had another Cobra in and he failed so when they sat me they knew i was screwed and i Know these Guys Good Too DOH
 

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Dave,

I know the guy that did my inspection also. He gave me the reject so I could drive the car for 60 days until this gets sorted out.

I've contacted the State about this; I'm waiting for a response.

Charlie
 

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A quick update I just got my sticker with the car ligitimately sniffed on the dyno. If the inspector follows the EPA rules for kit car from the start it will default to the dyno test. I'm actually shocked that I passed with bad rings and a fairly agressive tune. The FFR cats really clean up the car's act. PM or email me if you need more details.
 
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