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Ohio Bill to Expand Use of Historical Vehicles Approved by House; Moves to Governor

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 approved by the full House of Representatives.

Michigan Bill Providing License Plate Exemption to Historic Military Vehicles Approved by House; Sent to Governor

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 approved by the full House of Representatives.

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.

Arizona Introduces Bill to Exempt Vehicles 40 Years Old and Older From Emissions Inspections

Legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in the ’74 model year and earlier from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection program was signed into law in 2011. Under previous law, only vehicles manufactured in ’66 and earlier and “collectibles” were exempt. 

Kentucky Bill to Assess Motor Vehicles for Property Tax Approved by House; Moves to Senate

Kentucky legislation to change the valuation procedure on vehicles registered in the state for purposes of the property tax was amended by the House Transportation Committee and approved by the entire Kentucky House of Representatives.

Maryland Reintroduces Bill to Restrict Eligibility for Historic Vehicle Registration; Committee Hearing Scheduled for March 4

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” has been reintroduced in the Maryland Legislature.

Michigan Bill Providing License Plate Exemption to Certain Historic Military Vehicles Moves to House

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 approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.   

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

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Washington State House of Representatives.

West Virginia Bill to Permit Remote Starters Approved by Roads and Transportation Committee; Moves to Judiciary Committee

Legislation to provide that a motor vehicle that has been started by use of a remote starter when the vehicle is locked is not an “unattended vehicle” and not in violation of the law was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee.

NHTSA Public Meeting on Driver Distraction Guidelines for Aftermarket Devices

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a public meeting March 12 in Washington, D.C., on developing guidelines covering aftermarket devices that risk driver distraction.
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