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Congress Approves Two-Year Highway Bill and Limited Auto Safety Measures

After months of negotiations and short-term extensions, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a sweeping $120 billion package to fund highway construction and other transportation projects for the next two years.

Hobbyist Bills Die as New York Legislature Adjourns for the Year

Prior to the adjournment of the New York State Legislature, the State Assembly issued a resolution memorializing Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim July 13, 2012 as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the state. However, the legislature failed to complete action on a series of other bills that would have had an impact, both positive and negative, on the automotive hobby.

New York/West Virginia Proclaim July 13, 2012, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day” 


Thanks to the efforts of Assemblyman Bill Reilich, the New York State Assembly issued a resolution memorializing Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim July 13, 2012, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the state. In West Virginia, at the request of Delegate Gary Howell, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation also designating July 13, 2012, as Collector Car Appreciation Day.  

Michigan Bill to Expand Use of Historic Vehicles Signed Into Law

Legislation to amend the state’s current law governing historic motor vehicles to permit their unlimited use as “exhibition” vehicles the entire month of August was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.

NHTSA Pursues Global Rule for Automotive Glazing

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing changes to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 205, Glazing Materials, so that it will conform with a global glazing standard.

Federal Court Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules

A federal district court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2009 finding that greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and threaten public health.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Individual Mandate Provision; Health Care Law Remains Essentially Intact

Following months of deliberation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “individual mandate” from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional, drawn from the Congress’ ability to tax. The provision requires that individuals obtain “essential minimum coverage” by 2014. Individuals who do not purchase a basic policy would be subject to a federal penalty.

EPA Proposes Stronger Soot Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particle pollution (PM2.5), while retaining the existing standard for coarse particle pollution (PM10).

Legislation to Limit Ethanol Labeling Requirements Officially Dead in Iowa

An effort in Iowa to change labeling requirements on gas pumps across the state to only require labeling for unblended gasoline and E85 officially died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Michigan Bill to Expand Use of Historic Vehicles Approved by House; Moves to Governor for Signature

SEMA-supported legislation to amend the state’s current law governing historic motor vehicles to permit their unlimited use as “exhibition” vehicles the entire month of August was passed by the Michigan House of Representatives on a 109 to 1 vote.
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