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Wilderness Legislation Threatens Off-Road Trails in Colorado

The House Resources Committee held a hearing on the “Colorado Wilderness Act,” a bill to designate 850,000 acres in 34 separate areas as wilderness.

Lawmakers Provide Tax Incentives to Hire Unemployed Workers

Congress passed a SEMA-supported $16 billion “jobs bill” which is intended to expand the American workforce. Pending a final procedural vote by the Senate, the bill will be sent to President Obama to be signed into law.

Protect the Auto Hobby, Your Customers: Link to the SEMA Action Network!

SEMA members can help raise awareness of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) by placing a SAN logo link to on your website.

Michigan Bill Would Increase Fees for Historic Vehicles

SEMA is opposing legislation in the Michigan legislature that threatens to change the $30 registration fee for historic motor vehicles (renewable every 15 years) to an annual fee.

Off-Highway Vehicle Trails in 11 Western States Could Be Threatened

A U.S. Department of the Interior document indicates that the agency plans to designate 14 new or expanded national monuments in the western United States. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar provided subsequent assurances that the plans were preliminary and that the Obama Administration would not bypass input from the local communities, governors and Congress if the plans move forward.

U.S. Government Seeks Feedback on Expanding Intellectual Property Enforcement

The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator has requested public comments on how to shape an intellectual property (IP) enforcement strategy which unifies all of the federal government’s resources towards a common goal.

Utah Bill to Ban Aftermarket Exhaust Moves to Senate Floor

A substitute bill to ban the use of most aftermarket exhaust systems has been introduced in the Utah Legislature and passed by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Nebraska Legislature Drops Anti-Hobbyist Abandoned Vehicle Bill

Legislation that would have expanded the definition of “abandoned motor vehicle” to include vehicles that were left unattended for more than six hours on private property without valid plates, title or permit will not be considered in the 2010 legislative session.

Washington State Scraps Scrappage—Again!

SEMA again helped turn back legislation in the Washington Legislature that would have implemented a vehicle scrappage program for passenger vehicles more than 15-years old.

West Virginia Bill to Reduce Personal Property Taxes for Antique Motor Vehicles

A SEMA-supported bill in the West Virginia Legislature to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with a reduced personal property tax assessment has been passed by the Roads and Transportation Committee.
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