Michigan legislative news.
- A new Michigan law, Senate Bill 1146, allows registered vehicles over 25 years old unlimited use as "exhibition" vehicles the entire month of August each year. Sponsored in the legislature by Senator Mike Kowall, the bill was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. The new law provides Michigan historic vehicle owners the opportunity to enjoy recreational driving in the month of August in addition to the other sanctioned uses. By implication, the law also acknowledges the immeasurable time and money we automotive hobbyists, especially historic vehicle owners, invest in our cars and trucks.
Sen. Kowall learned about and became disheartened by citations being issued to drivers of historic vehicles in his area. To combat this, S.B. 1146 was introduced, based on Senate Resolution No. 159 which commemorates August 2012 as Automotive Heritage Month in the state of Michigan, of which Kowall was also a sponsor. In one month's time, the Senate Committee on Transportation (Kowall is vice chair) passed the bill to the entire Senate, then the House Transportation Committee and full House of Representatives before reaching the governor's desk.
(A tip: Get to know your local aldermen and state legislators, and follow their progress. Offer your Crosley to them for a parade appearance. This small investment could pay off.)