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Implementation of Arizona Law to Exempt Pre-'75 Vehicles From Emissions Inspection Delayed

Legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in model-year ’74 and earlier from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection program was signed into law in 2011. Before this exemption can go into effect, certain conditions must be met. 

Delaware Bill to Exempt Reconstructed Vehicles From Emissions Inspections Approved by Committee; Moves to Senate Floor

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt reconstructed vehicles that are more than 25 years old from emissions testing was passed by the Delaware Senate Public Safety Committee and sent to the floor for a vote by all senators.

Senate Version of Minnesota Bill to Ease Process for Designating Classic Cars Approved by Committee; Moves to Senate Floor

Legislation to provide for a program that will allow classic-car status to be determined from nationally recognized standards and guides was approved by the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee and has been sent to the floor for a vote by all Senators.

Wisconsin Bill to Allow Display of Historical Plates on Classic Cars Goes to Governor

Legislation to allow the display, on collector vehicles manufactured before ’79, of one or two historical registration plates from or representing the model year of the vehicle was approved by the Wisconsin legislature and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Maryland Legislation Fails to Meet Deadline for Passage

Several bills introduced in Maryland in 2014 and of interest to SEMA members failed to meet the crossover deadline and therefore are dead for the year.

DOT Proposes Electronic Logbooks for Commercial Trucking Operations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a proposal that interstate truck and bus drivers switch to electronic logs rather than fill out paperwork when tracking hours of operation.

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Bill to Require Public Input on Certain Land Closures

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act.” Introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and supported by SEMA, the bill would require a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study for any national monument designations more than 5,000 acres.

Appeals Court Rules in Banks’ Favor on Debit Card Swipe Fees

A U.S. appeals court has overturned last July’s district court ruling that the Federal Reserve improperly inflated the fees banks and card companies are allowed to charge retailers when their customers swipe debit cards. The fees are currently set at $0.21 per transaction plus $0.01–$0.03 more to cover fraud prevention and other adjustments.

Louisiana Bill to Recognize “Collector Car Appreciation Weekend” Approved by Committee; Moves to Full House

Legislation to annually designate the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend in July as "Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation" weekend was approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Antique Vehicles From Privilege Tax Signed into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to allow counties to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles from the privilege tax was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam.
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