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New Hampshire Bill to Include Older Trucks as Antiques Signed Into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to include trucks more than 25 years old (regardless of weight) in the definition of eligible “antique motor vehicles” was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan.

Hawaii Bill to Eliminate Ethanol in Gasoline Approved; Sent to Governor

Legislation to repeal the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the House and Senate.

OSHA Updates Labels for Hazardous Chemicals

The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its hazardous chemical labeling requirements by adopting the international Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

Senate Explores Endangered Species Act Reform

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is considering several bills to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Federal Legislation Would Prevent Over-Regulation of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV)

SEMA-supported legislation (HR 999; S 1040) has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study requirements proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).

Hawaii Bill to Ban Most Aftermarket Exhaust Systems Dead for the Year

Legislation to prohibit the use, sale or installation of an exhaust system “that has been changed or modified from the factory design so as to increase the volume or audibility of the explosions within the vehicle’s motor” died for the year when the legislature adjourned.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Hosts Free Webinar May 21 on How to Secure Legal Representation for Patent Filings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is presenting a free webinar May 21, 2015, to identify resources to help applicants secure legal representation and assistance with patent filings.

Washington State Bill to Provide for Single License Plate Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to allow the issuance, at the option of the vehicle owner, of only a single rear-mounted license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Maine Bill to Amend Prohibition on Ethanol Blended Gasoline Not Approved

Legislation to amend the law regarding ethanol-blended gasoline to provide that a sales and distribution prohibition would take effect if only three other states had enacted similar laws was not approved by the Joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

North Dakota Bill Regarding Vehicle Modifications Signed Into Law

A bill that originally sought to increase the population of vehicles prohibited from modifying the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system was heavily amended, approved by the North Dakota State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple.
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