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Virginia Bill to Exempt Antique Vehicles From Exhaust System Restrictions Held Over Until 2015

Legislation that sought to allow Virginia’s antique vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems was held over to the 2015 legislative session by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Louisiana Bill Seeks Annual Recognition for “Collector Car Appreciation Weekend”

Legislation has been introduced in the Louisiana House of Representatives to annually designate the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the second weekend in July as "Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation" weekend.

Washington State Bill to Exempt Collectible Vehicles From Emissions Tests Approved by Senate; Moves to Governor

Legislation to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Washington State Senate.

Michigan Bill to Exempt Certain Historic Military Vehicles From License Plate Requirement Signed Into Law

Legislation to exempt historic military vehicles from the requirement that they display a license plate unless the vehicle was originally manufactured with lighting and mounting provisions for a plate was signed into law by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

White House Again Delays Mandate for Minimum Levels of Health Care Coverage

The Obama Administration has extended for a second time a requirement that health care policies meet minimum levels of coverage.

Washington State Bill to Exempt Collectible Vehicles From Emissions Tests Moves to Senate Floor

A bill, supported by SEMA, to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. Having already been approved by the House, the bill now moves to the Senate floor for a vote by all members.

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Antique Vehicles From Privilege Tax Moves to Governor

Legislation to allow counties to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles from the privilege tax was approved by the Tennessee House and Senate.

Ohio Bill to Expand Use of Historical Vehicles Signed Into Law

Legislation to amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit their use on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed was signed into law by Governor John Kasich.

EPA Issues Final Tier 3 Emissions and Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued tougher tailpipe and evaporative emissions standards known as “Tier 3.” Reduced tailpipe emissions standards for particulate matter, non-methane organic gases and nitrogen oxides will be phased-in between 2017 and 2025, and the useful life period will be raised from 120,000 miles to 150,000 miles.

Obama Administration Seeks to Strengthen Patent Procedures, Address Patent Trolls

The White House announced progress on a series of initiatives intended to strengthen the patent system, make it easier for small businesses to file applications and combat patent trolls. Among other actions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is drafting regulations to make recorded patent owner information more transparent to the public.
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