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Hundreds to Honor Leaders, Volunteers at SEMA Gala

Diamond Bar, Calif. (June 8, 2011) - Hundreds of leaders and professionals from the SEMA industry will gather to honor noteworthy icons and volunteers during the 2011 SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser on Friday, July 29, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, California. The annual event serves as the industry's premier celebration where newly elected Board of Directors are sworn in and SEMA Hall of Fame inductees are introduced for the first time.

SEMA Show in Print

Narrowing down the list of must-read magazines during the first quarter of the year is always a huge challenge. It’s during that time that coverage from the previous SEMA Show hits the newsstands. Go to the automotive section, and you’ll find that just about every car and truck magazine is featuring the new products and trends that were unveiled at the Show. While these issues are likely to be off the shelves by now, you can access most of them online. Take a look at a few that we found.

SEMA Joins Effort to Combat Online Piracy

Diamond Bar, Calif. (May 19, 2011) - The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is working with the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor organizations, large employers, and small businesses to support legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate to help shut down rogue websites that sell counterfeit goods.   Entitled the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act" (PROTECT IP), the bill would authorize the Justice Department to obtain court orders requiring search engines in the United States to stop displaying links to domain names. 

Washington State Enacts SEMA Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill Into Law

Washington, D.C. (April 20, 2011) - Washington joined the growing list of states to enact SEMA model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and create a classification for custom vehicles.. The bill was approved by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire.  Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948.  Importantly, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. 

President Signs 1099 Repeal Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2011) - After Congress acted last week to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year's health care law, President Obama today signed the legislation into law.  SEMA congratulates Congress and the President for acting to eliminate this burdensome requirement. Through this bipartisan agreement, small business owners can continue to focus on economic growth and revitalization.

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