Legislation (S.B. 5417) has been introduced in Washington to allow for the registration of “military surplus vehicles.”
SEMA Government Affairs
With November’s midterm election now behind us, the American people have once again shifted the balance of power in a different direction. Although 2016 proved to be one of the most contentious U.S. elections in recent memory, the resulting legislative landscape over the past two years has generally been helpful to the automotive specialty-equipment market and the enthusiasts who support it.
A federal district court judge upheld a lower court ruling issued last September that rejected a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) plan to add 137 miles of off-road vehicle trails in central Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest.
Several bills considered by the Massachusetts state legislature in 2018 failed to be approved prior to the adjournment of the session.
Several bills considered by the New York State Legislature in 2018 failed to be approved by both chambers prior to the adjournment of the session.
Legislation (S.B. 331/H.B. 710) allowing for the titling of High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles as “historical motor vehicles” failed to be enacted as the legislature adjourned but may be carried-over for the 2019 legislative session.
The Internal Revenue Service has set the standard business-mileage deduction at 58 cents per mile for 2019.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has requested public comments on technologies available to assist in connecting vehicles to other vehicles (V2V), infrastructure (V2I) and pedestrians (V2P).
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) became the first sitting U.S. Senator to visit the SEMA Show last week.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law a bill allowing for military surplus motor vehicles to be registered and operated on roads and highways in Louisiana.