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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.

Texas Considers Taxing Cars for Miles Traveled

SEMA-opposed legislation to impose a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on state motorists has been introduced in Texas. Under the bill, the amount of the VMT tax would vary by vehicle type.

Oregon/Florida Propose Elimination of Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline

Legislation to repeal the requirement that retail dealers, nonretail dealers or wholesale dealers of gasoline sell only gasoline blended with a specified percentage of ethanol has been introduced in Oregon.

West Virginia Resolution Urges EPA to Revoke E15 Program

West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell has introduced a concurrent resolution urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke its decision to allow the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15) until there is clear and convincing scientific evidence that El5 does not pose a risk to any gasoline-powered vehicle or equipment.

Connecticut Reintroduces Bill to Increase Property Taxes on Antique/Rare/Special Interest Motor Vehicles

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles” or “modified antique motor vehicles” has been reintroduced in the Connecticut State Legislature.
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