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California Legislature Delays Online Sales Tax Collection for One Year

The California legislature voted in favor of a one-year delay on collection of sales taxes for online transactions made within the state. Earlier this year, the legislature passed a law requiring online retailers with subsidiaries in California to collect sales taxes from their customers.

President Obama Unveils “American Jobs Act”

President Obama has submitted legislation to Congress designed to encourage American small businesses to hire new workers and expand operations. The $447 billion plan includes cutting the payroll tax in half for American companies on the first $5 million in payroll.

Major Patent Reform Passes Senate, Sent to President to Become Law

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation to overhaul the federal patent system. The bill had already been approved by the House, and the White House has indicated President Obama will sign it into law. 

Bonneville Salt Flats Environmental Assessment Released

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a draft “Environmental Assessment” (EA) regarding requirements for replenishing salt to the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) when potash is mined on adjoining lands.

SEMA Supports Nevada Proposal to Exempt Hobby Cars From Emissions Tests

SEMA submitted comments to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles in support of a proposed regulation that would exempt classic vehicles and classic rods, among other hobby vehicles, from emissions testing if the owner certifies that the vehicle has not been driven more than 5,000 miles the previous year.

EPA Abandons Tougher Ozone Standard

In a move welcomed by SEMA, President Obama directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposal to tighten the national air-quality standards for ozone—the main ingredient in smog.

SEMA Members React to Legislative Successes

No one appreciates victory more than those who have been near defeat, and no one appreciates help more than those who have nearly fallen. As part of this issue is devoted to legislative and regulatory themes, we asked executives from SEMA-member companies to comment on some of the programs that have helped them overcome adversity and improve the marketplace for both the industry and the consumers who benefit from it.

Companies Required to Display "Employee Rights" Poster

As of November 14, 2011, businesses will be required to display a poster informing workers of their right to unionize and bargain collectively with the employer. The 11- x 17-in. notice is required under a rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) following an extensive rulemaking procedure. The poster can be downloaded for free from the NLRB website as of November 1. 

Federal Agencies Unveil Plans to Trim Red Tape

Last January, President Obama issued an Executive Order directing all federal agencies to review their regulations in an attempt to eliminate rules that hinder economic growth. In response, the agencies have identified more than 500 regulatory requirements that can be dropped and potentially save $10 billion in productivity and elimination of paperwork. 

California Clarifies Law Requiring Tire Pressure Checks When Servicing Cars

All California automobile service providers are required to check tire pressures for every vehicle being 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. 
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