Last week the bill IDPR sponsored to move registrations to ITD was held in committee. We thought the issue was done for the year but not so. IDPR continues to be committed to making the transfer happen this year. After having heard repeatedly that “IDPR has to do it” and “they don’t want to” we decided that the only way to resolve this issue was to clarify the statutes to say that IDPR ‘may’ but doesn’t have to. (legislation attached) That gives IDPR the option but does not require them to share information with ITD. We have never believed that titling and registrations are connected; furthermore, we do not believe that it was the intent of recreationists to connect them when registrations were created. Simply put, all we ever wanted to do was collect money, pool it, and put it on the ground to build the infrastructures needed for our sport. We also believe that the registration program should be managed by people with a vested interest in making it successful.
Although we continue to talk with the leadership of IDPR, we believe it critical that our legislation move forward. Time is running out on the 2013 Legislative Session. If a compromise is reached, we can pull the bill.
We need your help!!! And we need it in a couple of ways:
1. Please contact any legislator below that you know or that is your representative and give them this simple message (please feel to write in your own words)
“PLEASE SUPPORT H 279. I RIDE A ___________ AND I BELIEVE THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT THE REGISTRATION PROGRAM THAT CURRENTLY WORKS WELL, IS EFFICIENT, ECONOMICAL AND IS ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC. THE REGISTATION PROGRAM SHOULD REMAIN HOUSED IN IDPR. THIS LEGISLATION MAKES IT CLEAR THEY DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH ITD BUT THEY MAY. PLEASE VOTE FOR H 279.”
(If you are a vendor/dealer, please identify yourself as one, “I am a vendor or dealer and I believe……”)
2. The hearing for H 279 is tomorrow, Thursday afternoon, in the House Transportation and Defense Committee at 1:30 p.m. We need people to attend and people to testify. It is absolutely critical that the committee knows this issue is important to the recreationists. Plus it will be FUN!
Representative JoAn Wood District 35 firstname.lastname@example.org
Butte, Clark, Fremont & Jefferson Counties
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you and remember, we need you!
Interestingly, the registration program was originally housed in ITD. The history of the registration program is attached also. I think you will find it extremely telling!
H 279 3-13.pdf
Registration History 3-13.pdf