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Bill Reintroduced to Protect West Virginia Hobbyists From Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature.

One More New Year’s Resolution—Join SEMA PAC and Make Your Voice Heard

You may be fed up with political antics in Washington, but there’s a lot happening in our nation’s capital that affects your bottom line. SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) helps you keep pace by supporting the congressional car guys and gals who understand the importance of what you do.

Technical Report Evaluates Seat Belt Pretensioners and Load Limiters

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a technical report evaluating the effectiveness of pretensioners and load limiters for seat belts in the front seats of light-duty vehicles (LTVs).

Companies Do Not Have to Display "Employee Rights" Poster

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule instructing employers to display an 11x17-in. poster informing workers of their right to unionize and bargain collectively has been overturned.

Postage Rate Increases Take Effect January 26

The U.S. Postal Service has increased the price for mailing a first-class letter from 46 cents to 49 cents beginning January 26, 2014. The cost for mailing a standard-size postcard will increase by one penny to $.34.

Texas DMV Issues Proposed Regulations to Correct Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Policy

In comments to a proposal issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, SEMA commended the agency for removing provisions in the regulations that were in conflict with a 2011 law to provide for the titling of street rods and custom vehicles. Currently, the state does not allow the titling of vehicles that do not have "a body, motor and frame manufactured by a motor vehicle manufacturer."

2013 Legislative & Regulatory Year in Review

The laws and regulations that govern how SEMA members do business have a continuous impact on the way automotive specialty-equipment products are made, distributed and marketed.

Wisconsin Bill to Ease Restrictions on Collector Cars and Historic Military Vehicles Signed Into Law

Legislation to allow minor modifications to collector vehicles, exempt former military vehicles, historic military vehicles, and collector vehicles from importer certification label requirements, and expand rights for historic military vehicle owners was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.

IRS Standard Mileage-Rate Deduction for 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set the standard business-mileage deduction for 2014 at $0.56 per mile. The rate is one-half cent lower than in 2013.

Federal Court Approves MasterCard/Visa Swipe Fee Accord

A federal judge has approved a $5.7 billion settlement between Visa/MasterCard and U.S. merchants over fees charged each time a customer swipes a credit or debit card. The ruling follows years of litigation over allegations that the fees were improperly fixed.
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