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U.S. House Considers Bill to Curb Lawsuit Abuse

A House Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing on a SEMA-supported bill that would require federal judges to sanction plaintiffs and attorneys who file lawsuits the judges deem frivolous. Under current law, federal judges are allowed but not required to impose penalties.

U.S. Senate Passes Major Changes to Patent Law

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation to overhaul the federal patent system. The legislation has been debated and refined over the past six years. The bill has now been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

Wyoming Governor Mead Signs Bill into Law to Ease Burden on Vehicle Restorers

A SEMA-supported bill to ease the burden on hobbyists by providing an exemption from bonded title requirements has been signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. By allowing enthusiasts to title vehicles being restored for personal use without posting bond, the exemption reduces costs associated with titling hobby vehicles when an original title was never issued or can no longer be located.

Washington Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Moves to House Transportation Committee

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles was approved unanimously by the Washington State Senate. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948.

Utah Bill to Classify Vehicles 30 Years Old and Older as “Vintage Vehicles” Sent to Governor for Signature 

SEMA-supported legislation to allow vehicles 30 years old and older to be classified as “vintage vehicles” was approved by the Utah Senate, having already been ratified by the House.

Tennessee Introduces Bills to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests

SEMA is supporting identical legislation in the Tennessee House of Representatives and Senate to exempt vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program, where applicable.

Oregon Bill to Ban the Sale of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems to be Considered by House Transportation Committee

A SEMA-opposed bill to ban the sale of certain new motor-vehicle exhaust systems or exhaust system components that cause motor vehicles to produce noise that exceeds noise limits has been introduced in Oregon and assigned to the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee. Under the bill, noise limits would be specified in rules adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission (DEQ).

Nebraska Enacts Pro-Hobbyist Law to Allow Parts Cars to Be Sold Without Title  

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed into law a SEMA-supported bill to redefine parts cars and make such vehicles easier to transfer. Prior to the bill’s enactment, Nebraska required a certificate of title when transferring any vehicle. The new law, effective immediately, allows for parts cars to be transferred using a bill of sale issued by the DMV.

Anti-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Approved by Arkansas House, Sent to Senate

SEMA is opposing legislation that would allow cities to remove inoperable vehicles from private property if the vehicle is deemed a “nuisance” under a local ordinance. The bill was approved by the Arkansas House of Representatives and will now be considered by the Senate Committee on City, County and Local Affairs.

Arizona Bill to Exempt Older Vehicles from Emissions Tests Set for Senate Floor Vote

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt all vehicles 25 years old and older from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection and maintenance program was approved by the Senate Rules and Natural Resources and Transportation Committees.
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