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New Hampshire Bill to Expand Year-of-Manufacture Plates Law Awaits Governor’s Signature

A bill to expand the range of vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates on antique motor vehicles was approved by the New Hampshire Senate and now moves to the governor for her signature and enactment into law. The measure has already been passed by the House of Representatives. 

The Automotive Hobby’s “Holiday” Is Back

A wide range of automotive events are held on the second Friday in July to honor Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). At the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN), this “holiday” has been marked each year since 2010 by a U.S. Senate Resolution recognizing that the “collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.”

Hawaii Bill to Ban Most Aftermarket Exhaust Systems Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation that would have required official inspection stations to test vehicles to determine if their exhaust systems “emit noise noticeably greater than that emitted by the vehicle as equipped from the factory” died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Colorado Bill to Protect Collector Cars From Salvage Brand Signed Into Law

Legislation that originally repealed the six-year limitation for applying a salvage brand to a motor vehicle for which the cost of being repaired exceeded its value was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.

Louisiana Bill to Recognize “Collector Car Appreciation Weekend” Approved by Senate; Moves to Governor

Legislation to annually designate the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend in July as "Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation" weekend was approved by the Louisiana Senate and now moves to Governor Bobby Jindal for his signature and enactment into law.

U.S. House of Representatives Begins Work to Extend Corporate Tax Credits

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to permanently extend the research and development (R&D) credit. Several other bills to permanently extend tax credits that expired in 2013 are awaiting House consideration, including an extension of the $500,000 small-business expensing limit.

Minnesota Bill to Ease Process for Designating Classic Cars Sent to Governor

Legislation to provide for a program that will allow classic-car status to be determined from nationally recognized standards and guides was approved by the full Senate.

New Hampshire Bill to Expand Year-of-Manufacture Plates Law Approved by Committee; Moves to Senate Floor

Legislation to expand the range of vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates on antique motor vehicles was approved by the New Hampshire Senate Transportation Committee and now moves to vote by the full Senate.

Rhode Island Bill to Allow Year of Manufacture License Plates to be Considered on May 1

Legislation to authorize the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue replica year of manufacture plates for antique vehicles will be considered by the House Finance Committee on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

U.S. House of Representatives Tackles Endangered Species Act Reform

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved four bills to reform aspects of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bills have been sent to the House floor. The bills would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to release data used to make listings of threatened or endangered animals and plants, report how much money is spent on ESA-related lawsuits and place a cap on plaintiff attorney reimbursement fees. 
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