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U.S. House Committee Wants EPA to Reevaluate Safety of E15 Gasoline

The U.S. House Science Committee approved a SEMA-supported bill that directs the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a scientific assessment on how gasoline blended with 15% to 20% ethanol (E15 and E20) may impact gasoline-powered engines, vehicles and related equipment.

Feds Seek Public Comment on Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding a public workshop February 3, 2012, in San Francisco to gather additional information on how to implement a tire fuel efficiency consumer information program. The program is required under a 2007 law.

Virginia Bill to Be Amended to Benefit Vehicle Restoration Projects

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 will be amended by the Virginia House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee.

Hawaii Introduces SEMA Model Bill to Protect Hobbyists From Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

SEMA-model legislation that would allow vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet an objective noise limit was introduced in the Hawaii State Legislature. Car owners would be issued a certificate of compliance if the exhaust system emitted no more than 95 decibels in a fair and predictable test.

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.
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