SEMA Action Network (SAN)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed
a lawsuit which challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
authority to grant a partial waiver for 15% ethanol (E15) content in
gasoline for ’01 and newer model-year cars and light trucks.
SEMA has joined with the Association of California Car Clubs and other
state enthusiast groups to support legislation that would establish the
California Legacy License Plate Program.
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.
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
On July 13, 2012, SEMA members joined with SEMA staff and thousands of
enthusiasts to celebrate the third annual Collector Car Appreciation Day
(CCAD). Nearly 200 official events were held in the United States, Canada and
Australia to commemorate the day, designated by a SEMA-requested U.S.
Senate Resolution 452 sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen.
Richard Burr (R-NC).
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.
Thanks to the efforts of Assemblyman Bill Reilich, the New York State
Assembly issued a resolution memorializing Governor Andrew Cuomo to
proclaim July 13, 2012, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the
state. In West Virginia, at the request of Delegate Gary Howell,
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation also designating July
13, 2012, as Collector Car Appreciation Day.
A rich fabric has been woven into our experience as Americans by the
automotive hobby and the traditions that guide it. Although the variety
of shapes, styles and ages of our prized collector cars is incredibly
diverse, sharing our affinity for unique vehicles can create or even
strengthen a common lifelong bond between family and friends.
SEMA-supported legislation to amend the state’s current law governing
historic motor vehicles to permit their unlimited use as “exhibition”
vehicles the entire month of August was passed by the Michigan House of
Representatives on a 109 to 1 vote.