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Connecticut Bill to Require Warranty Disclosure Signed Into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to require new-car dealers to provide purchasers a written statement declaring it is illegal for manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed or because someone other than the dealer performed service was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy.

SEMA Provides Comprehensive Guide to Federal Regulation of Aftermarket Parts

SEMA’s Government Affairs Office has compiled a comprehensive guide on how motor-vehicle parts are regulated by the federal government.

Legislation Advances in U.S. Congress to Combat Patent Trolls

The Judiciary Committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed legislation targeting “patent trolls,” which are companies that aggressively enforce their patents rights beyond the scope of the actual patents.

FTC Strengthens Prohibitions Against Unfair Warranty Denials

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reviewed its rules, guides and interpretations under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act—the law governing warranties issued for consumer products, including automobiles and auto parts.

Connecticut Bill to Revise Property Tax Evaluation for Older Cars Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to lower the property tax on many older vehicles died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Vermont Bill to Provide Titles for Exempted Vehicles Signed Into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to ease the burden on car owners by requiring the state, upon the owner’s request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled was signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Nevada Bill to Restrict Hobby Car Registration Vetoed by Governor

Citing the opposition of SEMA, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation that would have altered the requirements for vehicles eligible for registration as classic vehicles, old timers, street rods and classic rods so that only vehicles manufactured prior to 1996 would be eligible.

Nebraska Bill to Provide Single License Plate Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to provide for the issuance (for a $100 fee) of a single license plate for passenger cars that were not originally equipped with a front-plate bracket died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

EPA’s Commitment to Ethanol Highlights Need for Congressional Action

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced proposed annual targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the amount of ethanol that is required to be blended into gasoline in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

California Bill to Require Additional Labeling Requirements on Automotive Products Approved by Second Committee

Legislation to require manufacturers of designated consumer products, including automotive products, to post ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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