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Clearing the Smog Law Haze

Everyone agrees that taking strides toward keeping our planet healthy is a noble cause, but how should the burden be shared? Clean air is a national concern addressed by the EPA, but laws governing smog checks, such as which vehicles are tested and how often they are tested, are handled at the state and local level.

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests Scheduled for Hearing

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s annual emissions-inspection and maintenance program will be considered by the Tennessee House Conservation and Environment Committee.

Illinois Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles Approved by Transportation Committee; Moves to Vote by Full House

SEMA-supported legislation to provide for an expanded-use antique-vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year, from April 1 through October 31, has been approved by the Illinois House Transportation Committee.

Bill to Restrict Consumer Information on Ethanol Content in Gasoline to be Considered by Nebraska Legislature

SEMA-opposed legislation to change labeling requirements on gas pumps across the state so that labeling is only required when gasoline contains 11% or more alcohol has been introduced in Nebraska.

Oregon Bill to Ban the Sale of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems Muffled

At the insistence of SEMA, the sponsor of legislation that would have banned the sale of certain new motor-vehicle exhaust systems has decided to withdraw the measure from further consideration.

SEMA Hot Rod Bill: Safeguarding the Tradition of Hot Rodding in America

There may be nothing more American than a hot rod! As the rest of the world continues to adopt elements of our unique cultural identity, there are few things left that are truly American. Classic hot rods and musclecars are 100% American made. Unfortunately, these vehicles have long struggled to find there place in the law. Too often, a lack of knowledge and experience on behalf of legislators has led to bad laws that negatively impact our industry and the hobby. However, the staff and membership at SEMA and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) can have a direct impact on safeguarding the tradition of hot rodding in America.

Hearing Scheduled for California Bill to Require Small-Business Representative on Air Resources Board

Legislation (A.B. 135) that would give small-business owners a voice on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be considered by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Monday, March 21, 2011. Introduced by Assemblymember Curt Hagman, A.B. 135 would create a requirement for one member of the state’s Air Resources Board to be a current owner of a small business and have experience with a small business for 10 years.

U.S. House Considers Bill to Curb Lawsuit Abuse

A House Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing on a SEMA-supported bill that would require federal judges to sanction plaintiffs and attorneys who file lawsuits the judges deem frivolous. Under current law, federal judges are allowed but not required to impose penalties.

U.S. Senate Passes Major Changes to Patent Law

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation to overhaul the federal patent system. The legislation has been debated and refined over the past six years. The bill has now been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

Wyoming Governor Mead Signs Bill into Law to Ease Burden on Vehicle Restorers

A SEMA-supported bill to ease the burden on hobbyists by providing an exemption from bonded title requirements has been signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. By allowing enthusiasts to title vehicles being restored for personal use without posting bond, the exemption reduces costs associated with titling hobby vehicles when an original title was never issued or can no longer be located.
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