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New Virginia Law Benefits Vehicle Restoration Projects

Legislation containing a SEMA-drafted amendment to totally exempt from the license tax all vehicles and parts cars stored on private property for the purpose of restoration or repair was signed into law by Governor Bob McDonnell.

On the Move: Montana Bill to Provide for Single Year-of-Manufacture License Plate

SEMA-supported legislation to allow the owner of a motor vehicle trailer, semi-trailer or pole trailer manufactured in the year 1948, 1949 or 1950 to display a single original Montana license plate that is affixed to the rear of the vehicle was approved by the Montana Senate Highways and Transportation Committee.

Maine Bill to Further Restrict Suspension Modifications Fails

Working with a group of Maine businesses, SEMA successfully opposed legislation that would have required the State Police to authorize a person to modify a vehicle by lifting its suspension.

Congressional Committee Releases Proposal to Ease Small Business Tax Burdens

As part of a broad effort to achieve comprehensive tax reform, the draft “Tax Reform Act of 2013” has been released by the House Ways and Means Committee to simplify the tax code for small businesses and spur job creation.

Government Revises I-9 Form That Employers Use to Verify Eligible Work Status

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated its Form I-9, which is used to verify the authorized work status of new hires.

U.S. Congress Considers Reopening Portions of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to Off-Highway Vehicles

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have introduced SEMA-supported legislation to reopen Cape Hatteras National Seashore to off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.

NHTSA Study Inconclusive on LED vs. Incandescent Stop Lamps

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has analyzed real-world crash data to determine if LED stop lamps and center high-mounted stop lamps are more beneficial than incandescent lamps at preventing rear-impact collisions.

Connecticut Bill Threatens to Disallow Year-of-Manufacture License Plates

Legislation to disallow the use of year-of-manufacture license plates after July 1, 2013, has been introduced in Connecticut.

West Virginia Bill Opens Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area to Off-Road Vehicles

SEMA is supporting legislation to approve a regulation allowing off-road vehicles to operate on trails included in the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area. These trails are currently restricted to ATVs, dune buggy-type vehicles (referred to as "utility terrain vehicles" or "UTVs") and motorcycles.
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