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U.S. House of Representatives Approves Bill to Require Public Input on Certain Land Closures

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act.” Introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and supported by SEMA, the bill would require a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study for any national monument designations more than 5,000 acres.

West Virginia Legislation Dies as Legislature Adjourns for the Year

Several pro-hobby bills introduced in West Virginia in 2014 failed to be approved by both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session. 

Washington State Bill to Provide Single License Plate for Certain Motor Vehicles Denied Consideration

Legislation (H.B. 2362) in the Washington State House of Representatives to require the issuance of only a single license plate for vehicles that do not include a front mounting bracket died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

New Hampshire Bill to Prohibit Ethanol-Blended Gasoline at Levels Greater Than 10% Amended and Approved by Committee

Legislation (H.B. 1220) to prohibit a person from selling or offering for sale gasoline that contains corn-based ethanol as an additive at a level greater than 10% was amended and approved by the New Hampshire House Science, Technology and Energy Committee.

Washington State Bill to Exempt Collectible Vehicles From Emissions Tests Moves to Senate Floor

A bill, supported by SEMA, to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. Having already been approved by the House, the bill now moves to the Senate floor for a vote by all members.

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Antique Vehicles From Privilege Tax Moves to Governor

Legislation to allow counties to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles from the privilege tax was approved by the Tennessee House and Senate.

Ohio Bill to Expand Use of Historical Vehicles Signed Into Law

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 signed into law by Governor John Kasich.

EPA Issues Final Tier 3 Emissions and Fuel Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued tougher tailpipe and evaporative emissions standards known as “Tier 3.” Reduced tailpipe emissions standards for particulate matter, non-methane organic gases and nitrogen oxides will be phased-in between 2017 and 2025, and the useful life period will be raised from 120,000 miles to 150,000 miles.

Comprehensive Tax Reform Plan Released by House Leadership, Action Unlikely This Year

Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the primary tax-writing committee in Congress, have released recommendations for rewriting the American tax code.

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.
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