AB-390, a bill specifically introduced to repeal the part of AB-1824 taking away fix-it tickets, is officially assigned to the Committee on Transportation.
Earlier yesterday (Feb. 15, 2019) presumably as one of the last things the Rules Committee did before heading out for the weekend, AB-390 was assigned to the Committee on Transportation, as expected. This signals the start for, those who support the bill, to spring into action as soon as possible. That means, e-mails, letters, tweets, phone calls and etc. specifically for the Committee on Transportation. If you want to support this bill effectively, I urge you to do these three things.
Sign up for SEMA’s Action Network NOW!
First, we, as car enthusiasts, must get organized and rally together under one unified voice. One of the best ways you can do that right now is to sign up for alerts from the SEMA Action Network. SEMA has at least one person in Washington D.C. who is following what is happening and will be releasing an action plan for ALL enthusiasts who support this bill to follow.
Action in the coming two weeks, as this bill officially heads to committee on March. 8, 2019, you can, at the very least, expect SEMA to want us to
- Send an e-mail and/or letter to one or several members of the Transporation Committee with several key bullet points.
- Send a position letter via the Transportation Committee’s web portal.
- Send comments to the author on the bill itself.
I, myself, will take that one step further and will actually call members of the transportation committee with the bullet points SEMA points out and I will confer with SEMA Action Network rep to see how to best call.
Familiarize yourself with how a bill becomes a law in California.
Knowledge is power, my friends, and if the last time you learned about how a bill becomes a law was in the fifth grade, it’s time to bone up!
TL;DR- AB-390 must pass committee, the house, and the Senate with a majority vote for each to keep going. From there, it heads to the California governors desk. See what I mean by this is literally the first step?
Find out who your House and Senate reps are.
If and when AB-390 makes it through the Transportation Committee, you’re going to want to “lobby” your House and Senate representative with a letter and perhaps a phone call. Your reps listen to their constituents a.k.a. people who live in their area, more than other Californians so your voice is better heard contacting them.
To sum up, sign up for the SEMA Action Network, familiarize yourself with how a California bill makes it through our bi-cameral system, and get ready to contact your house and senate reps in your district.