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Legislation Advances in U.S. Congress to Combat Patent Trolls

The Judiciary Committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed legislation targeting “patent trolls,” which are companies that aggressively enforce their patents rights beyond the scope of the actual patents.

Nevada Bill to Restrict Hobby Car Registration Vetoed by Governor

Citing the opposition of SEMA, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation that would have altered the requirements for vehicles eligible for registration as classic vehicles, old timers, street rods and classic rods so that only vehicles manufactured prior to 1996 would be eligible.

Vermont Bill to Provide Titles for Exempted Vehicles Signed Into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to ease the burden on car owners by requiring the state, upon the owner’s request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled was signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Connecticut Bill to Revise Property Tax Evaluation for Older Cars Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to lower the property tax on many older vehicles died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

FTC Strengthens Prohibitions Against Unfair Warranty Denials

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reviewed its rules, guides and interpretations under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act—the law governing warranties issued for consumer products, including automobiles and auto parts.

U.S. Congress Introduces Bill to Allow Limited Production of Turn-Key Replica Cars

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low-volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide. Replica vehicles resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago.

Nebraska Bill to Provide Single License Plate Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to provide for the issuance (for a $100 fee) of a single license plate for passenger cars that were not originally equipped with a front-plate bracket died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

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

Legislation to impose a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on motor vehicles that travel 5,000 or more miles per year died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Texas Bill to Eliminate Ethanol in Gasoline Also Dies

Legislation to prohibit the sale of motor fuel with an ethanol mixture died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
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