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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.

Tell Congress What Matters Most to You! Join Industry Leaders in Washington, D.C., May 9 for the 2012 SEMA Washington Rally

Pursuing a pro-growth manufacturing and job creation agenda, creating access to small business loans and credit, finding affordable health insurance options for employees, countering burdensome vehicle equipment regulations and combating counterfeit products are just a few of the political issues facing SEMA members during this critical election year.

Feds Delay Rule That Companies Must Display "Employee Rights" Poster

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) postponed the start date for a rule requiring employers to display a poster informing workers of their right to unionize and bargain collectively. The rule is now scheduled to take effect April 30, 2012.

SEMA Sets July 13 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day"

SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils this year announced July 13, 2012, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the third commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
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