Government Affairs

Legislation has a huge and growing affect on the automotive specialty-equipment market. The outcome of these legislative initiatives frequently impacts the way products are made, distributed and marketed. SEMA has a proven legislative and regulatory program led by a professional staff based in Washington, D.C. that continually works on behalf of the membership. The program includes a number of components that together have resulted in a long list of successes of significant benefit to the industry.

SEMA Member Guide to the New Health Care Law

The "Affordable Care Act" is sowing confusion for many SEMA members. The new health care law is being phased-in over a number of years and January 2014 is the deadline for larger companies to offer coverage or pay a penalty. Read more...

 

Research

  • All businesses have tangible assets: buildings, machines, and accounts receivable. Companies have intangible assets too: trademarks, patents, copyrights, reputation, and goodwill. SEMA places a high premium on the protection of trademarks, patents, and copyrights, also known as intellectual property (IP).
  • I am not the world’s greatest authority on the subject of cars and propulsion systems, but I’m probably pretty high on the list in Congress. Some people want cars to go away entirely. Others think we are headed to all electrics, all hybrids or fuel cells. Of course, there are 130 million cars and trucks in the United States today, which are almost entirely powered by gasoline.
  • The issues currently facing the United States and all of its industries are among the most important we’ve faced in the nation’s history.
  • Any good idea or product is worth protecting—especially if it’s the mainstay of your business’ success. However, the process...

Federal Regulation of Aftermarket Parts

OVERVIEW

The materials below describe how motor vehicle parts are regulated by the federal government. It is generally presented in a question/answer format, with links to resources for more information.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is current at the time of posting and will be updated periodically as warranted, however, manufacturers should always consult the latest published regulations for any recent changes.

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Government Affairs Staff

Steve McDonald
Vice President, Government Affairs
Dan Sadowski
Director, Congressional Affairs
   
Stuart Gosswein
Director, Federal Government Affairs
Colby Martin
Manager, Government and Public Affairs
   
Bryan Harrison
Research Manager
Christian Robinson
PAC Manager
   
Ashley Ailsworth
Law Clerk