The House Natural Resources Committee passed legislation that requires the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reopen the 75,000-acre Clear Creek National Recreation Area (NRA) in San Benito and Fresno counties for recreational use, including off-highway vehicle (OHV) access.
SEMA Government Affairs
Our cover story this month calls attention to a significant shift in how the federal government regulates replica cars. Enactment of this law was a great victory for SEMA and the industry, but exactly how this win was achieved is, perhaps, even more important. In many ways, we can chalk it up to a long-term effort to build key relationships.
Legislation has been prefiled in Missouri to exempt from sales tax vehicles at least 10 years old with a sales price under $15,000. A separate prefiled bill provides for the parking of unlicensed vehicles on private property if the vehicle is parked within the boundaries of the property, is parked on a surface generally considered to be suitable for parking and is not supported by any device other than its own wheels and tires, except for the limited purpose of repairing the vehicle for a period not to exceed 72 hours.
SEMA is supporting Capitol Hill allies on legislation that will clearly exempt from the Clean Air Act street vehicles converted to racecars for competition-only use.
A new law championed by SEMA and industry-friendly lawmakers in Congress has made it easier to manufacture replica cars in the United States.
Through a variety of programs initiated over the years, the industry has connected with some of the most important contacts: politicians.
Earlier this week SEMA issued a press release informing the public that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to make it illegal to convert automobiles originally designed for on-road use into race cars, even though such conversions have been done for decades.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on ways to more quickly fix vehicles and motor-vehicle equipment that are subject to safety or defect recalls.
Leaders within the Utah Congressional Delegation released their draft Public Lands Initiative (PLI), a locally sourced legislative solution impacting more than 18 million acres of land in seven eastern and southern Utah counties.