Take everything you think you know about presidential elections and throw it out the window. Conventional wisdom? Trash it. The status quo? Forget about it. The political establishment? It’s a thing of the past. That’s the 2016 presidential election in a nutshell. There are just a few months to go before voters head to the polls, and until now, it’s been a wild ride filled with twists and turns. How did we get here? What does the future hold? We’ll attempt to make sense of it all.
SEMA Government Affairs
In an effort to counter intellectual property (IP) theft, President Obama signed into law a SEMA-supported bill that enables businesses to protect their trade secrets using federal law.
In an effort to counter intellectual property (IP) theft, President Obama signed into law a SEMA-supported bill that enables businesses to protect their trade secrets using federal law. Prior to the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the only mechanism for companies to enforce valuable trade secret rights was through civil actions under state law. The absence of a uniform federal standard forced companies to navigate a patchwork of different state laws and courts to bring actions against entities that had stolen or otherwise misappropriated their proprietary trade secret information.
Legislation to re-establish the authority of the Bureau of Trails to permit larger off-highway recreational vehicles at Jericho Mountain State Park was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan.
The U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to outlaw the conversion of motor vehicles into race cars made waves all across the country. SEMA members, race enthusiasts and members of Congress led the way in opposing the rulemaking, resulting in the EPA’s April 15 announcement that it would remove the provision from the larger rule.
If you ask average Americans what they love about auto racing, you’ll find a striking similarity in the responses: speed, teamwork and passion. Since the invention of the automobile, Americans have been converting their street vehicles into race cars. Powered by this passion, most professional motorsports leagues, including NASCAR, were founded on that concept. More than a century later, the very core of this tradition is under attack.
The racing community has been instrumental in getting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a proposed rule that threatened the future of racing and modification equipment, and in getting dozens of Congressional Reps to co-sponsor the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act. But the threat isn’t over.
Maryland Historic Vehicles: In a conversation with the Maryland State Police, SEMA has learned that legislation to revise the state’s historic-vehicle registration requirements is only intended to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment repair orders. These repair orders would be issued only for vehicle safety equipment that is in disrepair and would require a subsequent inspection to determine that the repair had been effected. The bill does not subject these vehicles to periodic inspections, as previously believed.
“The way I see it, if you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” explained Dr. Emmett Brown in the blockbuster film “Back to the Future.” As any movie buff will tell you, the car Doc Brown spoke of was the DeLorean DMC-12. Unfortunately for movie lovers and gearheads alike, the DeLorean hasn’t been in production since 1983. However, thanks to a new SEMA-supported law, that’s about to change.
Earlier this week, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting testified before the U.S House Science, Space, and Technology Oversight Subcommittee, urging the group to continue allowing street vehicles to be modified and converted for motorsports competition.