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Nevada Bill to Exempt Hobby Cars from Emissions Tests Approved by Assembly; Sent to Senate

SEMA-supported legislation to provide that classic vehicles and classic rods would be exempted from emissions inspections if owners pay a one-time $6 fee and submit a certification that their vehicle will not be driven more than 5,000 miles per year was passed by the Nevada Assembly.

New York Lead Wheel Weight Ban Takes Effect

As of April 1, 2011, it is illegal to sell or install a wheel weight in New York that contains lead. The state joined several others that have enacted laws banning the manufacture, sale and use of lead weights. California’s law went into effect on January 1, 2010. Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington also ban the product and several other states have considered a ban.  As of April 1, 2011, it is illegal to sell or install a wheel weight in New York that contains lead. The state joined several others that have enacted laws banning the manufacture, sale and use of lead weights. California’s law went into effect on January 1, 2010. Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington also ban the product, and several other states have considered a ban. 

EPA Streamlines Process for Approving Vehicle Fuel Conversions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has streamlined the process for approving fuel conversion systems. The conversion systems allow light- and heavy-duty vehicles to run on alternative fuels (natural gas, propane, alcohol, electricity, etc.) while complying with Clean Air Act emissions standards. The EPA has established a three-tiered compliance process based on the age of the vehicle.

Connecticut Committee Approves Bill to Restrict Antique Vehicle Registration, Increase Fees; Moves Next to Full House

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles” was passed by the Connecticut Joint Committee on Planning and Development. The bill was amended in Committee to increase the age requirement for registration as an antique to 30 years old and increase the tax assessment amount on vehicles registered as antiques to $2,500.

Anti-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Defeated in Arkansas Senate

SEMA-opposed legislation that would have allowed cities to remove an inoperable vehicle from private property if the vehicle was deemed a “nuisance” under a local ordinance was defeated on a 14–14 vote in the full Arkansas Senate.

Washington Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Passes House; Sent to Governor for Approval

In the last step of the legislative process, SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles has been sent to Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire for her signature and enactment into law.

Bill to Exempt Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests to Be Considered by Full Arizona House

Having passed the House Environment and Rules Committees, legislation to exempt all vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions-inspection program will now be considered by the full Arizona House of Representatives.

SBA and OSHA Seek Input From Small-Business Community on Repetitive-Motion Disorders

In response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) withdrawal of a proposal to require employers with 10 or more workers to record certain work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in their OSHA 300 Log, a series of teleconferences has been scheduled to obtain feedback from the small-business community.

Nevada Introduces Bill to Repeal Increase of Government Service Tax for Older Vehicles

SEMA is supporting Nevada legislation to repeal a 2009 increase in the valuation of older vehicles for the purpose of assessing the yearly government services tax. The 2009 increase raised the tax assessment from 5% to 15% of the initial value of a vehicle nine years old and older.

Bill to Restrict Consumer Information on Ethanol Content in Gasoline Approved by Iowa Senate Agriculture Committee

SEMA is opposing Iowa legislation to change labeling requirements on gas pumps across the state to only require labeling for unblended gasoline and E85. Current law in Iowa requires labeling when gasoline is blended with ethanol, in any amount.
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