Demonstrating to members of Congress how the federal legislation they vote on impacts SEMA-member companies and workers in their congressional districts is central to SEMA’s advocacy.
SEMA Government Affairs
When it comes to ensuring that roads and trails remain open, there is no shortage of challenges at the federal level.
Legislation to allow a camping or fifth-wheel trailer more than 25 years old to be permanently registered for a $52.50 fee died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
A bill to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
At this time last year, we suggested that politics as usual was a thing of the past. The 2016 election was a few short months away, and conventional wisdom had been turned on its head by the man we now know as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. A brash candidate such as Trump had shaken up political contests before, but win a national election? Forget about it.
SEMA has joined with many other organizations to form the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR). Its primary mission is to pursue federal policy reforms for rebuilding and expanding the nation’s recreation-related infrastructure. ORIR represents everything from motorized recreation to boating, camping, fishing, hiking and archery. Outdoor recreation generates an estimated $646 billion in direct spending and supports more than 6 million jobs.
With each passing day, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act builds momentum in the nation’s capital. As you no doubt know by now, the RPM Act confirms that it’s always been legal to convert a street car into a race car for use solely at the track.
When racing and the motorsports parts industry came under attack in 2016, SEMA members and race enthusiasts stood up and sent a clear message to Washington, D.C.: Don’t mess with our jobs and our passion! Racers, fans and the industry rallied around grassroots efforts to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from prohibiting emissions modifications to motor vehicles being converted for racing and to pass legislation clarifying in federal law that this time-honored tradition is legal.
Legislation to require all motor vehicles to be equipped with a factory installed or equivalent aftermarket muffler was introduced.
The new Trump Administration directed all government agencies to freeze issuance of any new regulations pending review.