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Maryland Bill to Restrict Eligibility for Historic Vehicle Registration Amended to Satisfy Hobbyist Concerns

In consultation with the hobbyist community in the state, SEMA worked with Del. Kirill Reznik to amend legislation in the House and Senate that originally threatened to further limit the use of “historic motor vehicles.”

Design Patent Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress for Auto Replacement Parts

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow companies to market collision-repair parts without infringing a design patent after a vehicle has been marketed for two-and-a-half years. Under current law, a design patent covers the ornamental design for an object having practical utility for a 14-year term.

Virginia Bill to Benefit Vehicle Restoration Projects Approved By House of Delegates

Legislation that originally threatened to provide localities with the authority to raise from $100 to $500 the amount charged for an annual license tax for vehicles that do not display current license plates was approved by the Virginia House of Delegates. 

West Virginia Resolution Urges EPA to Revoke E15 Program

The West Virginia House of Delegates has introduced a concurrent resolution urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke its decision to allow the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15) until there is clear and convincing scientific evidence that E15 does not pose a risk to any gasoline-powered vehicle or equipment.

Utah Bill to Provide One-Time Registration Fee for Vintage Travel Trailers Moves to Senate

A SEMA-supported bill to create a statutory definition of a “vintage travel trailer” and provide for a one-time $40 registration fee was approved by the Utah Senate Transportation Committee and now moves to the floor of the Senate for a vote by all members. The bill has already been approved by the House of Representatives. 

Iowa Introduces Bill to Protect Hobbyists From Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

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

Washington Bill to Exempt Restoration and Custom Shops from Written Estimate Requirement Approved by Senate

A SEMA-supported bill to exempt restoration and custom shops from the requirement that they provide written estimates for the repair of any vehicle that qualifies for a “horseless carriage” or “collector vehicle” license plate, or is a “parts car,” “street rod” or “custom vehicle” was approved by the Washington State Senate, clearing its way for consideration by the Washington House of Representatives. 

SEMA Joins Coalition Effort to Extend Bonus Depreciation

SEMA joined with the National Association of Manufacturers and a number of other organizations in urging Congress to extend the 100% bonus depreciation through 2012. The depreciation had been at 100% since 2010 but dropped to 50% January 1, 2012.

Bill to Exempt Restoration and Custom Shops From Motor Vehicle Repair Requirements Introduced in New York

A SEMA-supported bill has been introduced in the New York Assembly to exempt restoration and custom shops from the state’s motor-vehicle repair shop requirements.

Maryland Introduces Bill to Restrict Eligibility for Historic Vehicle Registration

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” has been introduced in the Maryland Legislature. Under the bill, the age requirement would be raised from 20 to at least 25 years old and would prohibit these cars from being used for “occasional transportation.” 
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