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Washington Bill to Exempt Restoration and Custom Shops from Written Estimate Requirement Approved by Senate

A SEMA-supported bill to exempt restoration and custom shops from the requirement that they provide written estimates for the repair of any vehicle that qualifies for a “horseless carriage” or “collector vehicle” license plate, or is a “parts car,” “street rod” or “custom vehicle” was approved by the Washington State Senate, clearing its way for consideration by the Washington House of Representatives. 

SEMA Joins Coalition Effort to Extend Bonus Depreciation

SEMA joined with the National Association of Manufacturers and a number of other organizations in urging Congress to extend the 100% bonus depreciation through 2012. The depreciation had been at 100% since 2010 but dropped to 50% January 1, 2012.

Bill to Exempt Restoration and Custom Shops From Motor Vehicle Repair Requirements Introduced in New York

A SEMA-supported bill has been introduced in the New York Assembly to exempt restoration and custom shops from the state’s motor-vehicle repair shop requirements.

Maryland Introduces Bill to Restrict Eligibility for Historic Vehicle Registration

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” has been introduced in the Maryland Legislature. Under the bill, the age requirement would be raised from 20 to at least 25 years old and would prohibit these cars from being used for “occasional transportation.” 

Utah Bill to Provide One-Time Registration Fee for Vintage Travel Trailers Approved by House; Moves to Senate Committee

A SEMA-supported bill in the Utah State Legislature to create a statutory definition of a “vintage travel trailer” and provide for a one-time registration fee was approved by the Utah House of Representatives and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Colorado Bill Extends Emissions Inspection Waiver for Newer Cars 

SEMA is supporting legislation in the Colorado State Legislature to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles that have not yet reached their eighth model year.

U.S. House Committee Wants EPA to Reevaluate Safety of E15 Gasoline

The U.S. House Science Committee approved a SEMA-supported bill that directs the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a scientific assessment on how gasoline blended with 15% to 20% ethanol (E15 and E20) may impact gasoline-powered engines, vehicles and related equipment.

Feds Seek Public Comment on Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding a public workshop February 3, 2012, in San Francisco to gather additional information on how to implement a tire fuel efficiency consumer information program. The program is required under a 2007 law.

Virginia Bill to Be Amended to Benefit Vehicle Restoration Projects

Legislation that originally threatened to provide localities with the authority to raise from $100 to $500 the amount charged for an annual license tax for vehicles that do not display current license plates will be amended by the Virginia House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee.

Hawaii Introduces SEMA Model Bill to Protect Hobbyists From Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

SEMA-model legislation that would allow vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet an objective noise limit was introduced in the Hawaii State Legislature. Car owners would be issued a certificate of compliance if the exhaust system emitted no more than 95 decibels in a fair and predictable test.
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