Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 8:34am

A Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on amended legislation to exempt motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from emissions-inspection requirement has been set for Friday, May 27, 2016.

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 8:31am

The U.S. Congress has reached agreement on a bipartisan plan to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—legislation to provide the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with broad new duties and powers to regulate hazardous chemicals.

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:56am

Video: SPEED SPORT’s Ralph Sheheen interviews RPM Act sponsor Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) about the threat to racing, and why passage of the bipartisan RPM Act is the only way to end that threat and protect the future of American motorsports.

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:27am

Legislation to require the motor-vehicle commission to issue exempt certificates for motor vehicles not required to be inspected was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:23am

Legislation to exempt rare or historically significant vehicles from emissions-control requirements was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan.

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:19am

Legislation to require the state, upon the owner’s request, to issue titles for older vehicles not currently required to be titled under Connecticut law was passed by Legislature and has now been sent to Governor Dannel Malloy for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:16am

Legislation to exempt motor vehicles more than 35 years old from the requirement that they have a certificate of title was signed into law by Governor Robert J. Bentley.

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:10am

A SEMA-supported bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress that will cap the yearly amount of ethanol to be blended into transportation fuel at 9.7%.

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:07am

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most companies with 10 or more employees to keep a record of worker injuries and illnesses.

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:18am

The U.S. Department of Labor raised the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white-collar” exemption to $47,476 per year, effective December 1, 2016.

Posted on: Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:16pm

The EPA’s recent decision to withdraw its provision regarding regulating race cars does not ensure our right to modify race cars.

Posted on: Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 3:55pm

The biennial SEMA Washington Rally marks the 13th time SEMA members have assembled in our nation’s capital to advocate on behalf of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

Posted on: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 2:08pm

Legislation to re-establish the authority of the Bureau of Trails to permit larger off-highway recreational vehicles at Jericho Mountain State Park was approved by the Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 2:06pm

Legislation to extend the emissions-inspection exemption for new cars was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam.

Posted on: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 2:03pm

Legislation to require that the headlamps of every motor vehicle must only emit “white light” died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 1:59pm

A hearing on amended legislation to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from the emissions inspection requirement was postponed until Monday, May 9, 2016.

Posted on: Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 1:56pm

Legislation that would, among other things, raise the gas tax by $0.12 per gallon, increase by $35 the annual vehicle registration fee, add a new $100 annual vehicle registration fee for zero-emissions motor vehicles and impose a new $35 annual road access charge on each vehicle was approved by the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:23am

Legislation to extend the emissions-inspection exemption for new cars was approved by the Tennessee Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:16am

Legislation to exempt motor vehicles more than 35 years old from the requirement that they have a certificate of title was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:13am

Legislation to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from emissions inspection requirements was approved by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:08am

In an effort to protect U.S. companies against intellectual property theft, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a SEMA-supported bill that enables companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court.

Posted on: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7:39am

Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will withdraw a proposed rule that threatened the future of racing and modification equipment.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:09pm

Earlier this year, nearly 170,000 racing enthusiasts and industry stakeholders rallied to tell the White House to stop an overreaching regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:00pm

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is gaining Congressional support as race enthusiasts and industry stakeholders flood lawmakers’ offices on Capitol Hill with letters urging them to support the legislation.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:54am

The issue that sparked nearly 170,000 individuals in the racing industry to sign a White House petition earlier this year is NOT yet resolved. Even if the EPA removed the proposal in question, Congressional action is the only way to guarantee that street vehicles can continue to be modified for the track. Urge your legislators to support the RPM Act now: www.sema.org/rpm.

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