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Another Bill Introduced in Congress to Require Online Collection of State Sales Tax

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to require companies that sell goods via the Internet and catalogs to collect sales tax in the same manner as “brick-and-mortar” retailers. The “Marketplace Equity Act” (MEA) is similar to the “Main Street Fairness Act” introduced earlier this year. Both bills would allow states to force retailers to collect sales tax from consumers even when the companies otherwise have no physical presence in that state.

SEMA-Supported Legislation Requires Government to Study Effects of E15 Gasoline

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15%-blend ethanol gasoline (E15) on vehicles and engines.

Legislation Introduced to Limit Regulatory Burden on American Businesses

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate to reduce the cost of burdensome regulations on business owners and job creators. The “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011” would require federal agencies to conduct a cost-benefit analysis when issuing new rules.

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.

Customs Seizing Imports of Illegal HID Conversion Kits

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is impounding illegal imports of noncompliant high-intensity discharge (HID) conversion kits, light sources and ballasts. The CBP is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to pursue enforcement.

Feds Propose Mandatory Salt Replenishment Program for Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats is where racing began. From the early 20th century, legendary racers have sought to break land speed records or achieve a personal best. In addition to its professional racing programs, Bonneville remains at the heart of every racer’s dreams. For decades, the Salt Flats have decreased in size, strength and thickness because salt has been removed by an adjoining potash mining operation and not adequately replaced.

Industry Roundtable on Counterfeit High-Performance Products

SEMA will host an industry roundtable meeting, Monday, October 31, at 3:00 p.m. in the LVCC, Room N218 at this year’s SEMA Show to share information about the growing presence of counterfeit high-performance products in our market and discuss what SEMA-member companies can do to protect themselves and their customers from these counterfeits.

California Governor Vetoes Bill to Require Small Business Representative on Air Resources Board

Despite being approved by bipartisan and overwhelming majorities in the California Assembly and Senate, legislation that would have given small-business owners a voice on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

California Governor Vetoes Bill to Clarify Tire Pressure Checks When Servicing Cars

All California automobile service providers are required to check tire pressures for every vehicle maintained or repaired at their facility as of September 2010. The law applies to auto maintenance/repair providers but not to auto-parts distributers/retailers, auto body/paint facilities, auto glass installers or wreckers/dismantlers.

California Bill to Require a Small Business Representative on Air Resources Board Sent to Governor

Legislation that would give small-business owners a voice on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was passed by the California Assembly and Senate and sent to Governor Jerry Brown to be enacted into law. Introduced by Assemblymember Curt Hagman, who represents the Diamond Bar district in which SEMA headquarters is located, the bill would create a requirement for one CARB member to be an owner within the past five years of a small business.
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