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Washington State Bill to Exempt Collectible Vehicles From Emissions Tests Moves to Senate Floor

A bill, supported by SEMA, to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. Having already been approved by the House, the bill now moves to the Senate floor for a vote by all members.

Comprehensive Tax Reform Plan Released by House Leadership, Action Unlikely This Year

Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the primary tax-writing committee in Congress, have released recommendations for rewriting the American tax code.

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs EPA’s Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases From Smokestacks

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits one dozen states and a number of industrial groups against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on whether the agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources. 

Ohio Bill to Expand Use of Historical Vehicles Approved by House; Moves to Governor

Legislation to amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit their use on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed was approved by the full House of Representatives.

Michigan Bill Providing License Plate Exemption to Historic Military Vehicles Approved by House; Sent to Governor

Legislation to exempt historic military vehicles from the requirement that they display a license plate unless the vehicle was originally manufactured with lighting and mounting provisions for a plate was approved by the full House of Representatives.

Obama Administration Seeks to Strengthen Patent Procedures, Address Patent Trolls

The White House announced progress on a series of initiatives intended to strengthen the patent system, make it easier for small businesses to file applications and combat patent trolls. Among other actions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is drafting regulations to make recorded patent owner information more transparent to the public.

Federal Agencies Directed to Issue Tougher Fuel-Efficiency Standards for Trucks

President Obama ordered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the fuel-economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Arizona Introduces Bill to Exempt Vehicles 40 Years Old and Older From Emissions Inspections

Legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in the ’74 model year and earlier from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection program was signed into law in 2011. Under previous law, only vehicles manufactured in ’66 and earlier and “collectibles” were exempt. 

Kentucky Bill to Assess Motor Vehicles for Property Tax Approved by House; Moves to Senate

Kentucky legislation to change the valuation procedure on vehicles registered in the state for purposes of the property tax was amended by the House Transportation Committee and approved by the entire Kentucky House of Representatives.

Maryland Reintroduces Bill to Restrict Eligibility for Historic Vehicle Registration; Committee Hearing Scheduled for March 4

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” has been reintroduced in the Maryland Legislature.
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