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California Enacts Law to Require Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

California has joined the state of Connecticut and at least 13 major cities nationwide in enacting legislation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

Obama Administration Seeks Voluntary Phase-Out of R-134a Refrigerant

The Obama Administration is leading an international effort to voluntarily phase-out production and use of the coolant R-134a and other hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Not Too Late to Apply for California’s New Legacy License Plates

Legislation was enacted in 2012 to establish the California Legacy License Plate Program. The plates are now available for pre-order. 

Michigan Introduces Bill to Ban Most Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

SEMA-opposed legislation to prohibit motor-vehicle repair facilities from modifying an exhaust system to “produce noise in excess of OEM stock decibel levels” has been introduced in Michigan.

California Bill to Create “Road-Usage Fee” Pilot Program Approved by Legislature; Goes to Governor

Legislation to establish an advisory committee to study a road-usage fee was approved by the California Assembly and Senate.

Legislation to Restrict Aftermarket Headlamps in North Carolina Defeated

At SEMA’s request, a provision was deleted in North Carolina legislation that would have imposed a fine on any person that equipped a car with headlamps that “change the original design.”

NHTSA Unveils Proposal for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken the first step toward requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications in all new light-duty cars. The agency issued a research report and an advance proposed rule to mandate the installation of wireless equipment warning drivers of potential danger. The NHTSA has identified the year 2020 as its target to begin implementing the rule. 

Help SEMA PAC Protect the Industry's Future—Find Out How

Who isn’t frustrated with Washington, D.C., gridlock? While one person can’t change the dysfunction, collectively we can help influence the process. Our industry needs your help.

New Hampshire Bill to Expand Year-of-Manufacture Plates Signed Into Law

Legislation to expand the range of antique motor vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan. Under previous law, only ’60 and earlier model-year antique vehicles were eligible to use these plates.
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