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Hawaii Bill to Eliminate Ethanol in Gasoline Favorably Amended by Conference Committee

Legislation to repeal the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by a conference committee comprised of members from the House and Senate.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Hosts Free Webinar May 21 on How to Secure Legal Representation for Patent Filings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is presenting a free webinar May 21, 2015, to identify resources to help applicants secure legal representation and assistance with patent filings.

North Dakota Bill Regarding Vehicle Modifications Signed Into Law

A bill that originally sought to increase the population of vehicles prohibited from modifying the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system was heavily amended, approved by the North Dakota State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Maine Bill to Amend Prohibition on Ethanol Blended Gasoline Not Approved

Legislation to amend the law regarding ethanol-blended gasoline to provide that a sales and distribution prohibition would take effect if only three other states had enacted similar laws was not approved by the Joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Washington State Bill to Provide for Single License Plate Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to allow the issuance, at the option of the vehicle owner, of only a single rear-mounted license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Tennessee Legislature Adjourns Without Approving Bill to Exempt Newer Cars from Emissions Inspection

Legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars was pending on the floor of the Senate when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Idaho Bill to Increase Registration Fees Signed Into Law

Legislation that once threatened to increase annual motor vehicle registration fees by $25 was signed into law by Governor Butch Otter.

Vermont Bill to Provide Titles for Exempted Vehicles Amended and Approved by House; Sent to Senate for Concurrence

Legislation to ease the burden on hobbyists by requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, upon the owner’s request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled under Vermont law was amended and approved by the Vermont House.

More Good News for Motorized Recreation in the Sage Grouse Battles

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language that prohibits until 2025 the Interior Department from making a decision on whether to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade Subcommittee passed legislation targeting “patent trolls” that defraud unsuspecting businesses by falsely asserting patent rights.
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