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Wyoming antique vehicle fee hikes killed on tie 15-15 vote in the Senate

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Senate defeated House Bill 19 on a tie third reading vote of 15-15 on Tuesday, March 30.

The legislation would have raised antique vehicle license fees, would have required annual renewal of the licenses and would have required liability insurance if the vehicles were to be used for regular travel on Wyoming roadways.

Sen. Bill Landen (Natrona County), chair of the Senate Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs Committee, said that if the legislation were to fail, it would leave existing law in place which allows people to pay a one-time $10 fee to register their vehicles “to use for the rest of the vehicle’s life or until the vehicle is transferred.”

While existing law defines an antique vehicle as one which is at least 25 years old “and owned solely as a collectors item,” Landen said that some people may be using the vehicles as a regular means of transportation.

While county treasurers can require owners of antique vehicles to show proof of liability insurance when they register the vehicles, owners don’t have to show proof that they are keeping this insurance up since antique vehicles only have to be registered one time.

Sen. Anthony Bouchard (Laramie, Goshen) said that he understood the concerns but that he hasn’t seen many of the “Pioneer” license plates that are issued for antique vehicles out on the roads for regular day-to-day travel.

“It is not supposed to be used for a tag for a car that they drive for regular purposes,” Bouchard said. “I just don’t hear any evidence that this is being abused.”

Sen. Stephen Pappas (Laramie County), who serves on the Senate Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs Committee, said that some antique car owners due indeed use them for more regular travel purposes in communities like Cheyenne.

He said that he has no problem with people using antique cars for this purpose, but that if people are going to do so, the state should ensure that they are properly insured.

The proposed legislation would initially have increased antique antique vehicle initial license plate fees from $10 to $50 and increase the cost of transferring license plates from $2 to $10. The annual renewal fee would be $50.

But the Senate adopted an amendment on first reading which would have set the initial license plate fees at $20 and the annual validation sticker fee at $10.

While the legislation initially proposed modifying the definition of antique vehicles as motor vehicles at least 40 years old which are owned as a collectors item, the House adopted an amendment that would define antique vehicles as at least 50 years old.

The Senate defeated an amendment on third reading which would have set the age of antique vehicles at 25 years, as it is defined under existing law.

The Senate’s third reading tie vote of 15-15 defeating House Bill 19 was as follows:

  • Ayes: ANDERSON, BALDWIN, CASE, COOPER, ELLIS, FURPHY, GIERAU, KOLB, KOST, LANDEN, PAPPAS, ROTHFUSS, SCHULER, SCOTT, WASSERBURGER
  • Nays: BITEMAN, BONER, BOUCHARD, DOCKSTADER, DRISKILL, FRENCH, HICKS, HUTCHINGS, JAMES, KINSKEY, MCKEOWN, NETHERCOTT, PERKINS, SALAZAR, STEINMETZ

The Senate also defeated a motion to reconsider the bill on Tuesday on a vote of 13-16:

  • Ayes: ANDERSON, CASE, ELLIS, FURPHY, HICKS, KINSKEY, KOLB, KOST, NETHERCOTT, PAPPAS, ROTHFUSS, SCHULER, WASSERBURGER
  • Nays: BALDWIN, BITEMAN, BONER, BOUCHARD, COOPER, DOCKSTADER, DRISKILL, FRENCH, GIERAU, HUTCHINGS, JAMES, MCKEOWN, PERKINS, SALAZAR, SCOTT, STEINMETZ
  • Excused: LANDEN

The House’s third reading vote when the bill passed in that chamber was 38-22:

  • Ayes: BAKER, BLACKBURN, BROWN, BURKHART, BURT, CLAUSEN, CLIFFORD, CONNOLLY, CRAGO, EYRE, FLINTER, GREEAR, HALLINAN, HARSHMAN, HEINER, KINNER, BARLOW, KNAPP, LARSEN, L, MARTINEZ, NICHOLAS, O’HEARN, OAKLEY, OBERMUELLER, OLSEN, PAXTON, PROVENZA, ROSCOE, SCHWARTZ, SHERWOOD, SIMPSON, SOMMERS, STITH, WALTERS, WASHUT, WESTERN, WILSON, ZWONITZER
  • Nays: ANDREW, BANKS, BEAR, DUNCAN, EKLUND, FORTNER, GRAY, HAROLDSON, HENDERSON, HUNT, JENNINGS, LAURSEN, D, MACGUIRE, NEIMAN, NEWSOME, OTTMAN, STYVAR, SWEENEY, WHARFF, WILLIAMS, WINTER, YIN


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