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Legislation to Benefit Vehicle Restoration Projects Reintroduced in Virginia

Last year, legislation amended by SEMA to totally exempt from the license tax all vehicles and parts cars stored on private property for the purpose of restoration or repair was vetoed by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Missouri Bill Provides for Single License Plate

Legislation has been introduced in the Missouri Senate to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles. The bill, favored by state hobbyists, also applies to personalized plates.

Colorado Introduces Proposal to Exempt Newer Cars From Emissions Inspection

Legislation has been introduced in the Colorado State Legislature to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles that have not yet reached their 10th model year.

Bill to Remove Restrictions on Tire Size to Be Considered in Maine, Wednesday, February 6

Legislation 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 will be considered by the Joint Transportation Committee, Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

EPA Assessing Risks for Chemicals Found in Flame Retardants, Paint Strippers, Degreasers and Protective Coatings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on draft risk assessments for five chemicals found in common household products.

New Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a simplified option for deducting the costs associated with having a home business office. The new optional approach is based on the amount of square feet being used for business purposes by the taxpayer.

Vermont Bill Seeks to Penalize Some Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

A bill to ban motor vehicle exhaust systems that increase the noise level has been reintroduced in Vermont. Under the bill, violators would not pass the state’s required inspection and would be subject to fines.

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.
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