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Washington State Enacts SEMA Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill Into Law

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles was signed into law by Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire.

President Signs 1099 Repeal Into Law

After Congress acted last week to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year's health care law, President Obama today signed the legislation into law.  SEMA congratulates Congress and the President for acting to eliminate this burdensome requirement. Through this bipartisan agreement, small business owners can continue to focus on economic growth and revitalization.

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North Carolina Bill to Inform Consumers of Ethanol Content in Gasoline Signed into Law

Legislation requiring ethanol content labels on all pumps that dispense ethanol-blended gasoline has been signed into law by North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue. The new law requires these labels to indicate that the gasoline contains 10% or less ethanol or greater than 10% ethanol.

SEMA Publishes Comprehensive Guide to Federal Regulation of Aftermarket Parts

SEMA’s Government Affairs Office has compiled a comprehensive guide on how motor-vehicle parts are regulated by the federal government, which can be viewed at www.sema.org/fedregs. It is a must-read document for every SEMA member. 

California Bill to Require Small-Business Representative on Air Resources Board Approved by Committee; Moves to Full Assembly

Legislation that would give small-business owners a voice on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was approved unanimously by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

Nevada Bill to Exempt Hobby Cars from Emissions Tests Approved by Assembly; Sent to Senate

SEMA-supported legislation to provide that classic vehicles and classic rods would be exempted from emissions inspections if owners pay a one-time $6 fee and submit a certification that their vehicle will not be driven more than 5,000 miles per year was passed by the Nevada Assembly.

New York Lead Wheel Weight Ban Takes Effect

As of April 1, 2011, it is illegal to sell or install a wheel weight in New York that contains lead. The state joined several others that have enacted laws banning the manufacture, sale and use of lead weights. California’s law went into effect on January 1, 2010. Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington also ban the product and several other states have considered a ban.  As of April 1, 2011, it is illegal to sell or install a wheel weight in New York that contains lead. The state joined several others that have enacted laws banning the manufacture, sale and use of lead weights. California’s law went into effect on January 1, 2010. Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington also ban the product, and several other states have considered a ban. 

EPA Streamlines Process for Approving Vehicle Fuel Conversions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has streamlined the process for approving fuel conversion systems. The conversion systems allow light- and heavy-duty vehicles to run on alternative fuels (natural gas, propane, alcohol, electricity, etc.) while complying with Clean Air Act emissions standards. The EPA has established a three-tiered compliance process based on the age of the vehicle.

Connecticut Committee Approves Bill to Restrict Antique Vehicle Registration, Increase Fees; Moves Next to Full House

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles” was passed by the Connecticut Joint Committee on Planning and Development. The bill was amended in Committee to increase the age requirement for registration as an antique to 30 years old and increase the tax assessment amount on vehicles registered as antiques to $2,500.

Anti-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Defeated in Arkansas Senate

SEMA-opposed legislation that would have allowed cities to remove an inoperable vehicle from private property if the vehicle was deemed a “nuisance” under a local ordinance was defeated on a 14–14 vote in the full Arkansas Senate.
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