Government Affairs News

New Jersey Bill to Extend Emissions Inspection Waiver for Newer Cars Signed Into Law

SEMA-supported legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption
to vehicles five model years old or newer has been signed into law by New
Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The new law acknowledges the relatively
minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this
exemption and that it is senseless to test newer vehicles, the results
of which demonstrate no significant air quality benefits.

Illinois Joins List of States Banning Lead Wheel Weights

As of January 1, 2011, it will be illegal to sell or install a wheel
weight that contains lead or mercury in Illinois. The state joins
several others that have enacted laws banning the manufacture, sale and
use of lead wheel weights. California’s law went into effect on January
1, 2010. Maine, Vermont and Washington also ban the products while
Iowa, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin have considered a
ban.

Idaho Wilderness Bill Threatens to Close Off-Road Trails

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate to create a large, new wilderness
reserve in central Idaho has been endorsed by the Obama administration.
The legislation threatens to designate nearly 330,000 acres of land in
central Idaho as wilderness, the most restrictive designation that can
be placed on public lands. SEMA opposes the legislation as drafted
since many off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails in the Sawtooth and Challis
National Forests could be closed as a result of its passage.

California Bill to Increase "Specially Constructed" Class From 500 to 750 Vehicles Per Year Fails to Pass Senate Committee

After passing in the Assembly with the full support of the automotive
hobbyist community, the California Senate Transportation Committee
failed to approve legislation to increase the registration limit for
exempted specially constructed vehicle registrations from 500 to 750
vehicles per year. The bill was defeated on a 3 to 5 vote.

New Health Care Reform Law: Remedy or More Headache?

On March 23, President Obama signed the “Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act” into law, completing a year of contentious debate
and creating the largest government mandate in recent history. Given
the sweeping nature of the legislation, it will take some time for the
ramifications of this historic action to be fully understood. However,
some facts are immediately known. [Read More]

SEMA Launches New PAC Website

The SEMA Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) has unveiled a
redesigned website at www.semapac.com that makes participating in the
PAC easier than ever. At the website, members can learn more about
actions taking place on Capitol Hill, which have a direct impact on our
industry and your company. For the first time, you can sign-up to
become “PAC-approved” (allowing SEMA to communicate directly with you
about PAC activities) or make an online contribution through our new,
safe, electronic forms.

Ohio Committee Approves SEMA-Model Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Titling Bill

The Ohio House Transportation Committee unanimously passed SEMA-model
legislation to create a vehicle registration and titling classification
for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license
plates for these vehicles. The bill defines a street rod as an altered
vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at
least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

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