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West Virginia Bill to Limit Property Taxes Paid on Antique Motor Vehicles Approved by Committee

SEMA is supporting legislation in the West Virginia State Legislature to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with a cap on property taxes paid on antique motor vehicles. The bill was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee and will now be considered by the House Finance Committee.

Vermont Bill Would Penalize Some Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

SEMA is opposing legislation to ban motor-vehicle exhaust systems that increase the noise level above the level emitted by the originally installed system. Under the bill, violators would not pass the state’s required inspection.

Iowa Introduces Bill to Reduce Registration Fee for Limited-Use Older Motor Vehicles

SEMA is supporting a bill in the Iowa State Legislature to allow any vehicle that is 25 years old or older and used only for exhibition, entertainment or educational purposes to be registered for an annual fee of $5.

Committee Approves Washington State Bill to Exempt Restoration/Custom Shops From Written Estimate Requirement

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 Senate Labor Committee.

West Virginia Bill to Protect 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 was reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature.

SEMA Model Inoperable Vehicle Bill Passes in Washington State Senate Committee

SEMA-model legislation that would prohibit cities or towns from enforcing an ordinance, development regulation, zoning regulation or administrative practice that prevents legitimate automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby, was approved by the Washington State Senate Government Operations Committee.

Federal Government Seizures of Counterfeit Products Rises in 2011

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized nearly 25,000 counterfeit and pirated goods in fiscal year 2011—a 24% increase from the previous year. The value of the seizures actually decreased by 5%, totaling $179 million for fiscal year 2011.

Bill to Exempt Restoration and Custom Shops From Written Estimate Requirement to Be Considered in Washington State

A SEMA-supported bill has been introduced in the Washington State Senate 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, is a “parts car,” “street rod” or “custom vehicle.” The bill was considered January 17, 2012, in the Senate Government Operations Committee. 

West Virginia Reintroduces Bill to Exempt Antique Motor Vehicles From Taxes and Fees 

SEMA is supporting a bill in the West Virginia State Legislature to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with an exemption from taxation and fees. The bill is pending in the House Roads and Transportation Committee for consideration. West Virginia law defines an "antique motor vehicle" to mean any motor vehicle that is more than 25 years old and is owned solely as a collector's item. 

Virginia Bill Threatens Increased Taxes on Vehicle Restoration Projects  

SEMA-opposed legislation has been introduced in the Virginia State Legislature that threatens to provide localities with the authority to raise from $100 to $500 the amount they may charge for an annual license tax for vehicles that do not display current license plates and are not exempted from this requirement.
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