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U.S. House of Representatives Tackles Endangered Species Act Reform

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved four bills to reform aspects of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bills have been sent to the House floor. The bills would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to release data used to make listings of threatened or endangered animals and plants, report how much money is spent on ESA-related lawsuits and place a cap on plaintiff attorney reimbursement fees. 

IRS Adjusts Maximum Health Savings Account Contributions for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) adjusted for inflation the maximum contributions that can be made to health savings accounts (HSAs) in 2015.

Arizona Bill to Create Rolling Emissions Inspection Exemption for Vehicles 40 Years Old and Older Dead for the Year

Legislation to create a rolling emissions inspection exemption for vehicles that are 40 years old or older was not considered in committee before the mandatory deadline. The bill is dead for the year.  

Kentucky Bill to Assess Motor Vehicles for Property Tax Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Kentucky legislation to change the valuation procedure on vehicles for purposes of the property tax died when the legislature adjourned for the year. The bill would have put a new valuation procedure in place for older vehicles.

Louisiana Bill to Recognize “Collector Car Appreciation Weekend” Approved by Committee; Moves to Senate Floor

Legislation to annually designate the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend in July as "Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation" weekend was approved by the Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee and now moves to the floor of the Senate for a vote by all members.

U.S. Congress Moves to Renew Expired Tax Credits

Since the U.S. House of Representatives will likely not tackle comprehensive tax reform in 2014, lawmakers have begun drafting legislation to extend a variety of yearly tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013.

Colorado Bill to Protect Collector Cars from Salvage Brand Goes to Governor

Legislation that originally repealed the six-year limitation for applying a salvage brand to a motor vehicle whose cost of being repaired exceeded its value was approved by the House and Senate and now goes to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Kansas Anti-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Dies as Legislature Adjourns

SEMA-opposed legislation that would have provided counties with the authority to remove from private property motor vehicles deemed to be a “nuisance” died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Amended Ohio Headlamps Bill Signed Into Law

A bill that originally required headlights on motor vehicles to display a “white light” without defining the term was signed into law by Governor John Kasich.

Rhode Island Introduces Bill to Allow Year of Manufacture License Plates

Legislation to authorize the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue replica year of manufacture plates for antique vehicles was introduced.
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