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Illinois Joins List of States Banning Lead Wheel Weights

As of January 1, 2011, it will be illegal to sell or install a wheel weight that contains lead or mercury in Illinois. The state joins several others that have enacted laws banning the manufacture, sale and use of lead wheel weights. California’s law went into effect on January 1, 2010. Maine, Vermont and Washington also ban the products while Iowa, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin have considered a ban.

Idaho Wilderness Bill Threatens to Close Off-Road Trails

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate to create a large, new wilderness reserve in central Idaho has been endorsed by the Obama administration. The legislation threatens to designate nearly 330,000 acres of land in central Idaho as wilderness, the most restrictive designation that can be placed on public lands. SEMA opposes the legislation as drafted since many off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails in the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests could be closed as a result of its passage.

California Bill to Increase "Specially Constructed" Class From 500 to 750 Vehicles Per Year Fails to Pass Senate Committee

After passing in the Assembly with the full support of the automotive hobbyist community, the California Senate Transportation Committee failed to approve legislation to increase the registration limit for exempted specially constructed vehicle registrations from 500 to 750 vehicles per year. The bill was defeated on a 3 to 5 vote.

One Week Left to Be Placed on CARB Diesel “Parts in Progress List”

One week remains for diesel performance parts manufacturers to have these parts placed on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) “Parts in Progress List,” thereby providing a one-year period for obtaining emissions compliance for these components.

New Health Care Reform Law: Remedy or More Headache?

On March 23, President Obama signed the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” into law, completing a year of contentious debate and creating the largest government mandate in recent history. Given the sweeping nature of the legislation, it will take some time for the ramifications of this historic action to be fully understood. However, some facts are immediately known. [Read More]

SEMA Launches New PAC Website

The SEMA Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) has unveiled a redesigned website at that makes participating in the PAC easier than ever. At the website, members can learn more about actions taking place on Capitol Hill, which have a direct impact on our industry and your company. For the first time, you can sign-up to become “PAC-approved” (allowing SEMA to communicate directly with you about PAC activities) or make an online contribution through our new, safe, electronic forms.

Ohio Committee Approves SEMA-Model Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Titling Bill

The Ohio House Transportation Committee unanimously passed SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration and titling classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

Lawmakers Drafting Tougher Auto Safety Rules

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to mandate new automaker safety standards and strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) authority. The legislation would require the NHTSA to establish new motor vehicle safety standards for unintended accelerations, such as a brake-override requirement.

Meet the Lawmakers Who Support the Hobby on Capitol Hill

For the past 14 years, a coalition of lawmakers who support the automotive specialty-equipment aftermarket and recognize our industry's positive economic impact has been growing on Capitol Hill. The Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus is now nearing 100 members and pays tribute to America's ever-growing love affair with the car and motorsports.

Here are the current members of the caucus

Regulators Setting CO2 Emissions Standards for Future Cars and Trucks

Just months after establishing mileage and emissions standards for model year (MY) 2012–2016 cars and light trucks, the Obama Administration has begun work on even stronger rules for 2017 and beyond. Last week, President Obama directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions of conventional pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides.
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