SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 43, October 27, 2011

SEMA Action Network Streamlines Website to Help You Protect Your Passion

SAN Website
To make it easier than ever for SAN members to find the information they need to help protect their passion, SAN has streamlined its website.

In 1997, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) was created with the goal of protecting every niche of the automotive hobby against unfair laws and regulations. Since its inception, SAN has seen the coming of a new digital era in which SAN members rely heavily on e-mail, social networking and the World Wide Web to access information. To keep pace with these changes, SAN has streamlined its website, www.semasan.com, to make it easier than ever for SAN members to find the information they need to help protect their passion.

SAN is a nationwide partnership between enthusiasts, vehicle clubs and members of the automotive specialty-parts industry who have joined forces to promote hobby-friendly legislation and oppose unfair laws. With more than 60,000 North American members, SAN is the premier organization defending the rights of vehicle enthusiasts. SAN is free to join with no obligations or commitments. 

“No other organization brings such a comprehensive set of tools and resources directly to hobbyists' computers,” said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “Our intent with the new website design was to make these resources more easily accessible to the thousands of vehicle enthusiasts who rely on the SEMA Action Network daily for updates on threats and opportunities facing the hobby.”  

Resources featured on the streamlined www.semasan.com include:
  • Up-to-the-minute action alerts with bill information, speaking points and legislator contact information.
  • Archived breaking news items for a comprehensive overview of SAN efforts. 
  • Digital copies of the SAN’s award-winning monthly legislative newsletter, Driving Force
  • State-by-state tracked legislation.
  • Guidance on federal and state issues, including land use, warranty denial, emissions inspections, ethanol, scrappage and much more. 
  • “Tag & Title Toolbox”—a one-stop shop for state resources listing each state’s specialty-vehicle definitions, registration and titling provisions, forms, inspection criteria and other requirements and exemptions. 
  • Printable pro-hobby model legislation crafted by SAN staff. 
  • Information on legislators who support the automotive hobby through the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus and the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus.
  • An automated tool for identifying and contacting your federal, state and local representatives.
  • A guide to lobbying your elected officials.
In its 15-year history, the effect of the SAN on shaping government policy has been enormous. Among many other things, the SAN has successfully enacted street-rod and custom vehicle (including kit cars and replicas) registration and titling laws in 22 states; protected classic vehicles waiting to be restored on private property from confiscation; defended enthusiasts' right to use more durable aftermarket exhaust systems; junked state-level “Cash for Clunkers” legislation; advocated to ensure public lands remain open to responsible off-road recreation and enacted legislation to lower taxes and fees for hobbyist vehicles.   

The current economic and legislative environment is emboldening governments to become more aggressive with their anti-auto-hobby legislation. States are seeking new avenues for generating revenue and new ways of dictating what you can and cannot do with your vehicles. The message government is sending is clear—the hobby needs the SEMA Action Network now more than ever. Enlist now in this fellowship of auto enthusiasts—join the SAN at www.SEMASAN.com.