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Pro-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill Reintroduced in Washington State

A version of SEMA-model legislation has been reintroduced in the Washington State Senate to prohibit cities or towns from enforcing an ordinance, development regulation, zoning regulation or administrative practice that prevents automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby.

Maine Proposal Would Remove Restrictions on Tire Size

Legislation has been introduced in the Maine State Senate to remove a provision in the law that requires that the overall diameter of motor vehicle tires be within 2 in. of the sizes recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

Georgia Threatens to Raise Taxes on Older Vehicles

A bill has been introduced in Georgia to alter the definition of "fair market value” to force owners of antique, hobby and special-interest vehicles to pay an increased annual tax by assessing their value at the retail selling price or the value contained within the assessment manual, whichever is greater.

Wyoming Seeks to Increase Vehicle Registration Fees

Legislation has been introduced in the Wyoming legislature to increase annual vehicle registration fees by $10 for passenger vehicles and double registration fees based on unladen vehicle weight for non-commercial trucks.

New York Bill Provides for One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee

SEMA-supported legislation has been reintroduced in the New York Senate to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration.

Apply Now for California Legacy License Plates

Last year, legislation was enacted to establish the California Legacy License Plate Program. Under the new law, the DMV will create and issue a series of specialized license plates that replicate plates from the state's past.

Court Refuses to Overturn Decision Allowing Sale of E15 Gas

Last August, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to permit the sale of 15% ethanol (E15) content in gasoline for ’01 and newer model-year cars and light trucks.

Bill to Provide for Single License Plate Introduced in Virginia

SEMA is supporting Virginia legislation, which proposes to reduce the number of license plates furnished by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to registered motor vehicles.

Feds Propose Minimum Sound Level for Electric Cars, Hybrids

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposed rule that will require hybrid and electric vehicles make a minimum level of sound in order to alert pedestrians and bicyclists of their presence.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier Supports SEMA Mustang Build at 2012 SEMA Show

U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) took time from her busy election-year schedule to speak at the Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) breakfast and tour the 2012 SEMA Show.
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