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Congress Advances Legislation to Make Research & Development Tax Credit Permanent

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed SEMA-supported legislation to renew the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit, which expired at the end of 2014.

Congressional Legislation Would Limit President’s Power to Designate National Monuments

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to curtail the President’s power to unilaterally designate national monuments.

Federal Legislation Would Pump the Brakes on CPSC’s Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Rule

SEMA-supported legislation (HR 999) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives directing the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the handling requirements for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Kentucky Bill to Assess Older Cars for Property Tax Approved by House; Moves to Senate

Legislation to put in place a new valuation procedure for older vehicles was approved by the Kentucky House and now moves to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.

Pennsylvania Proposes Elimination of Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline

Legislation to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was introduced in the Pennsylvania House.

Virginia Bills to Exempt Some Antique Vehicles from Exhaust System Restrictions Approved by Legislature; Move to Governor

Identical legislation to exempt antique motor vehicles from the requirement that they have exhaust systems of a type installed as standard factory equipment, or comparable to that designed as standard factory equipment was approved by the Virginia House and Senate.

West Virginia Introduces Resolution Designating West Virginia “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

Thanks to the efforts of Delegate Gary Howell, a West Virginia House Concurrent Resolution has been introduced to designate the second Friday in July as West Virginia Collector Car Appreciation Day.

West Virginia Bill to Allow Uncovered Aftermarket Light Bars Approved by Committee; Moves to Judiciary

Legislation to eliminate the requirement that roof-mounted off-road light bars be covered when vehicles are operated on roads and highways was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee and has now been referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Wyoming State Legislature Approves Bill to Provide Single License Plate; Moves to Governor

The Wyoming State Legislature approved legislation to provide for the issuance of a single license plate for motor vehicles that were “originally manufactured without an installed bracket, device or other means to display and secure a front license plate.”

Hawaii Proposes Elimination of Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline

Legislation to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was introduced in the Hawaii Senate.
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