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Vermont Bill to Penalize Some Aftermarket Exhaust Systems Dies

A bill to ban motor-vehicle exhaust systems that increase the noise level died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Minnesota Bills to Increase Fees for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles/Tax Cars for Miles Traveled Die

Legislation to mandate payment of a “recoupment” surcharge of up to $95 died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Feds to Regulate Novelty Motorcycle Helmets

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposed rule to define “motorcycle helmets” and thereby regulate novelty helmets (commonly referred to as “skullcaps” and “beanies”) that are sold and worn for highway use.

U.S. Senate Committee Passes Bill to Study Regulation of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

SEMA-supported legislation directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study on requirements for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was passed by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and awaits a vote before the full Senate.

U.S. House Passes Bill to Make Research & Development Credit Permanent

The U.S. House of Representatives passed SEMA-supported legislation to renew the research and development (R&D) tax credit, which expired at the end of 2014.

Vermont Bill to Provide Titles for Exempted Vehicles Approved by Legislature; Sent to Governor

Legislation to ease the burden on owners by requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, upon request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled under Vermont law was approved by the legislature and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Missouri Bill to Tax Cars for Miles Traveled Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to require the Department of Revenue 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 died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

New Jersey Bill to Provide Window Stickers for Exempt Vehicles Approved by Committee

Legislation to require the motor vehicle commission to issue exempt certificates for motor vehicles not required to be inspected was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Missouri Bills to Provide for Single License Plate Die as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

OSHA’s Revised “It’s the Law” Safety Poster Now Available

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new version of its poster entitled, “Job Safety and Health – It's The Law!"
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