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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.

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.

Maryland Bills to Increase Age Requirement for Historic Vehicle Dies as Legislature Adjourns

SEMA-opposed legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Maryland Bill to Allow Single License Plate for Hobby Cars Goes to Governor

Compromise legislation to allow the issuance of only a single license plate to historic vehicles and street rods was approved by the House and Senate and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

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.

Off-Roaders Welcome Decision to Remove Sage Grouse Species From Endangered List

The U.S. Department of Interior’s decision not to place the bi-state sage grouse on the Endangered Species list is welcome news to off-road enthusiasts.

NHTSA to Modify Tire Identification Numbers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made two changes to the rule governing the tire identification number (TIN) that appears on all new and retreaded motor-vehicle tires sold in the United States.

Iowa Legislation Fails to Meet Crossover Deadline

Several bills introduced in Iowa in 2015 failed to be approved prior to the crossover deadline, when legislation must have passed the original chamber of jurisdiction (House or Senate) and been sent to the other for consideration.

Province of Nova Scotia Proclaims July 2015 as “Automotive Heritage Month”

Thanks to the efforts of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has again issued a proclamation designating July 2015 as “Automotive Heritage Month” in the province.

Missouri Bill Introduced to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled

Legislation to require the state to charge and collect a miles-driven fee of up to $200 for a one-year vehicle registration and up to $400 for a two-year vehicle registration was introduced.
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