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Massachusetts Bill to Ban the Use/Sale of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems Assigned to Study 

A bill to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emissions of any vehicle including motorcycles” has been assigned for study.

North Carolina Bill to Exempt Newer Cars from Emissions Inspection Signed Into Law  

SEMA-supported legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles three years old and newer was signed into law by Governor Bev Perdue.

Steele Rubber's Matt Agosta Appointed to North Carolina Vehicle Classification Review Committee  

SEMA-member Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products has been appointed to serve on the North Carolina DMV’s Vehicle Classification Review Committee. The committee was established to include a SEMA representative pursuant to the 2009 enactment into law of SEMA-model legislation creating vehicle registration classifications for street rods, replicas and custom vehicles. 

U.S. Marines Pursue Ownership Rights to Home of King of the Hammers Event

The U.S. Marines is seeking to expand their base at Twentynine Palms, California, to include nearly 189,000 acres of adjacent land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The land is a designated off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation area and site of “King of the Hammers” and other OHV events throughout the year. The Marines would provide the OHV community with limited access to 40,000 acres for 10 months per year. 

Las Vegas Issues Collector Car Appreciation Day Proclamation

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and the Las Vegas City Council issued a proclamation declaring “Collector Car Appreciation Day” in the city. Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 452 at SEMA’s request to acknowledge the day’s significance in raising awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

Massachusetts Bill to Tax "Gas Guzzlers" on the Move

In a misguided attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, legislation was approved by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture to establish a progressive purchase surcharge for some new motor vehicles based on state calculations of carbon emissions.

Pennsylvania Bill to Exempt Newer Cars from Emissions Inspection Approved in Committee

SEMA-supported legislation to provide a 10-year emissions inspection exemption for newly registered vehicles was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. Current law only provides a one-year exemption.

Feds Seek Recommendations on Alternative Ways to Regulate Lighting Equipment


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comments on a technical report that suggests new ways to regulate motor-vehicle lighting equipment.

Idaho/Province of Manitoba Proclaim July 13, 2012 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day"

At the request of organizers of Northwest Motorfest, Idaho Governor Butch Otter issued a proclamation designating July 13, 2012, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day” in the state. Idaho joins West Virginia, New Mexico, New York and Hawaii as states that have officially recognized the celebration.

Congress Approves Two-Year Highway Bill and Limited Auto Safety Measures

After months of negotiations and short-term extensions, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a sweeping $120 billion package to fund highway construction and other transportation projects for the next two years.
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