Thanks to the efforts of several members of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus, the Michigan State Senate issued a resolution commemorating August 2013 as Automotive Heritage Month in the state.
A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Reserve improperly inflated the fees banks and card companies are allowed to charge retailers when their customers swipe debit cards.
As a requirement of the new health care law, the “Affordable Care Act,” all employers must provide written notice of available health care coverage options to their employees by October 1, 2013, regardless of whether the company offers health care coverage. Newly hired employees must be notified in writing within 14 days of their date of hire after October 1. The notice may be distributed electronically.
SEMA-supported legislation to provide for the prompt issuance of titles to owners of out-of-state motor vehicles that are 35 years old or older must be signed or vetoed by Governor Pat McCrory by July 26, 2103.
Witnesses representing oil, fuel and petrochemical, livestock, automotive, food, biofuel and environmental organizations testified for two days before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on whether the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed or scaled back.
On July 12, 2013, SEMA members joined with SEMA staff and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the fourth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of official events were held in the United States, Canada and Australia to commemorate the day, designated by a SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 176 sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).
Legislation to repeal the requirement that retail dealers, nonretail dealers or wholesale dealers sell only gasoline blended with a specified percentage of ethanol died when the Oregon legislature adjourned for the year.
SEMA-supported legislation to provide for the prompt issuance of titles to owners of out-of-state motor vehicles that are 35 years old or older was approved by the full House of Representatives. Having already been passed by the Senate, the bill will now be sent to Governor Pat McCrory for his signature and enactment into law.
The “Affordable Care Act” continues to sow confusion for many SEMA members. You may have read recently that the Obama Administration has delayed implementation of the employer mandate portion of the health care law. So, what does this development mean for you? While, larger SEMA companies will still be required to offer healthcare coverage in 2014, penalties for non-compliance won’t be enforced until 2015.
You may be fed up with political antics in Washington, but there’s a lot happening in our nation’s capital that affects your business. SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) helps you keep pace by supporting the congressional car guys and gals who understand the importance of what you do.