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    May 19 2011

    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is working with the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor organizations, large employers, and small businesses to support legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate to help shut down rogue websites that sell counterfeit goods.   Entitled the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act" (PROTECT IP), the bill would authorize the Justice Department to obtain court orders requiring search engines in the United States to stop displaying links to domain names.

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    May 17 2011

    The growing collision repair section of the 2011 SEMA Show is now branded "Collision Repair and Refinish." The area will be one of 12 floor sections featured at the 2011 SEMA Show, Tuesday - Friday, November 1-4, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Apr 28 2011

    Gray Baskerville, Art Chrisman, Chris Economaki and John Towle will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes an elite group of individuals for raising the stature or growth of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

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    Apr 22 2011

    A number of prominent organizations have formed the "Save the Salt Coalition" to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) from continued deterioration due to salt brine removal from potash mining.  The Coalition is now working with government officials, mine operators and others to develop a permanent program to replenish the salt.

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    Apr 20 2011

    Washington joined the growing list of states to enact SEMA model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and create a classification for custom vehicles.. The bill was approved by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire.  Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948.  Importantly, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. 

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    Apr 14 2011

    After Congress acted last week to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year's health care law, President Obama today signed the legislation into law.  SEMA congratulates Congress and the President for acting to eliminate this burdensome requirement. Through this bipartisan agreement, small business owners can continue to focus on economic growth and revitalization.

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    Apr 06 2011

    Attendee and media registration for the 2011 SEMA Show is now open at www.SEMAshow.com/register. The annual trade-only event takes place Tuesday-Friday, November 1-4, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Mar 30 2011

    Candidates for the 2011 SEMA Board of Directors election have been announced. In addition to the 17 members vying for a seat on the Board, this year's election includes voting for the Chairman-Elect. The Chairman-Elect plays a critical role in the industry, serving as Chairman-Elect for two years before transitioning to the Chairman of the Board position.

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    Mar 21 2011

    Applications are now available to exhibit at the 2011 SEMA Show, the premier automotive trade event where manufacturers of specialty parts and accessories connect face-to-face with more than 50,000 quality buyers from throughout the world.  The application, also called the Exhibit Space Rental Agreement - or ESRA, is available here.

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    Mar 09 2011

    Nominations are now being accepted for the SEMA Hall of Fame. Created in 1969, the SEMA Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by the association. It is designed to honor outstanding persons in the industry who have enhanced the stature of, or significantly contributed to, the industry and/or association's growth.