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Bill to Provide for One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee Approved by New York Senate

SEMA-supported legislation to provide historical vehicle owners a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration was passed by the New York Senate. The bill will now be considered by the Assembly Transportation Committee.

California Bill to Require Small-Business Representative on Air Resources Board Approved by Senate Committee

Legislation that would give small-business owners a voice on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was passed by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill has already been passed by the California Assembly. Introduced by Assemblymember Curt Hagman, who represents the Diamond Bar district in which SEMA headquarters is located, the bill would create a requirement for one CARB member to be a current owner of a small business.

New York Assembly Passes Resolution Proclaiming July 8 as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the State

The New York State Assembly has approved a resolution to memorialize July 8, 2011, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with National Collector Car Appreciation Day. The effort was sponsored by New York Assemblymember Bill Reilich, who has served the automotive hobbyist community for the past four years as national chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus.

E-Verify System Allows Employers to Check Employment Eligibility

The following is a brief guide to the federal government’s “E-Verify” system, which allows employers to check employment eligibility documents against a federal database. The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld an Arizona law that requires employers in Arizona to use the system. In addition to Arizona, some other states have variations of required use. It is currently voluntary for all other employers, although legislation is pending in Congress to make it mandatory.

New York Bill to Provide for One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee Approved by Senate Committee

SEMA-supported legislation to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration was passed by the New York Senate Transportation Committee.

California Bill to Require Small Business Representative on Air Resources Board Approved by Assembly

Legislation that would give small business owners a voice on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was passed unanimously by the full California Assembly and will be considered by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on June 20. Introduced by assembly member Curt Hagman who represents the Diamond Bar district in which SEMA headquarters is located, the bill would create a requirement for one CARB member to be a current owner of a small business.

Recent Land Use Decisions a Mixed Bag for SEMA Members That Market Off-Road Products

The U.S. Department of the Interior has withdrawn its controversial “wild lands” policy, which directed lands with potential wilderness qualities to be managed as wilderness. SEMA joined with a number of other organizations to oppose the program, implemented last December by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), since it usurps the exclusive authority of Congress to designate “wilderness.” The designation is consequential to SEMA members that produce equipment intended for off-road activities and their customers since no motorized activities are allowed on “wilderness” lands.

Nevada Bill to Exempt Hobby Cars From Emissions Tests Signed Into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt classic vehicles and classic rods 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 signed into law by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

Bill to Exempt Hobby Cars From Emissions Tests Approved by Nevada Senate; Sent to Governor for Approval

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 unanimously by the full Nevada Senate.

Federal Agencies Redesign Mileage Labels for New Cars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have expanded the amount of fuel economy information contained on the new-vehicle window sticker. Among other changes, the information will now include the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the vehicle.
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