Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 6:23am

Protecting the intellectual property rights (IPR) of its members is a top SEMA priority.

Posted on: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 1:01am

Governor Brown signed into law legislation amending how California enforces “Made in U.S.A.” labels.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 7:03pm

Factory Five ReplicasU.S. Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Gene Green (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low-volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide. Called the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 (H.R. 2675), the SEMA-supported bill would allow companies to construct up to 500 “replicas” per year. Those are cars that resemble another production vehicle manufactured at least 25 years ago.

Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:11am

Legislation to amend the California law governing “Made in U.S.A.” labeling has been passed by the state legislature and sent to Governor Brown for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:07am

Responding to comments submitted by SEMA to a proposed motor-vehicle equipment rule, the Washington State Patrol opted to retain the current maximum bumper height for passenger vehicles and the minimum height requirement for windshields.

Posted on: Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 2:42pm

President Obama signed into law a bill to continue current federal highway spending through the end of October. It marks the 34th short-term extension since 2009.

Posted on: Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 2:15pm

SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) helps you keep pace by supporting the Congressional car guys and gals who have our industry’s back.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 5:21pm

Ramping Up for Off-RoadersSEMA has sought to protect motorized recreation on public lands for decades—with good reason. SEMA’s mission is to protect enthusiasts from unreasonable government actions that threaten their rides, whether on the highway or backcountry trails. It’s also harder to market off-road products when there are fewer places to enjoy them.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 5:07pm

Specialty Auto Parts RegulationSEMA members manufacture, distribute and retail parts and accessories for use on passenger cars, trucks, recreational and special-interest collector vehicles of all kinds. These products include performance, functional, restoration and styling-enhancement equipment of various designs and performance specifications. However, many of these parts are required to meet a variety of state and federal laws and regulations. Complying with these requirements is no easy task, but it can be made easier with a simple understanding of which parts are regulated, who regulates them and how manufacturers can innovate new products for automobiles within the bounds of the law. The following summarizes regulatory oversight basics.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 4:05pm

Driving Force CoverThe fight against unfair automotive laws has been spearheaded by the SEMA Action Network (SAN) for nearly two decades. Citizen advocates—individuals from the industry and hobby alike—help shape the course of automotive-related proposals before they become law. While keeping its membership posted on legislative trends throughout the United States and Canada, the SAN offers easy-to-follow guidance on influencing bills in one’s jurisdiction. Urgent in nature, the SAN’s Legislative Action Alert e-mail messages immediately call constituents to speak out in a unified way about legislation making its way through the legislatures. This potent tool has a proven record of successfully swaying lawmakers on high-impact issues.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 3:44pm

From the HillWhile it’s too soon to tell who the next commander in chief will be, the field of contenders has begun to take shape. The candidates feature some very familiar names as well as some newcomers who have already made their marks. Who will emerge the victor? Let’s examine the players.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 3:44pm

Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 3:27pm

State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership CaucusIn its daily efforts to promote and protect the auto hobby, SEMA continues to partner with state lawmakers from across the country through the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the caucus is a bipartisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 2:43pm

Brakes on FakesFor SEMA-member companies putting out great products these days, the challenge of illegal unauthorized copies is almost unavoidable. While some companies turn to the courts, federal agencies and law enforcement to confront counterfeiters, these avenues are frequently too expensive, ineffective or both. With the pervasive culture of counterfeiting in today’s global marketplace, SEMA members may be best served by also pursuing creative solutions that focus on branding, consumer awareness and unique packaging.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 2:02pm

Chris KerstingThe efforts and outcomes secured by SEMA’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., are among the association’s most highly rated benefits, according to our annual member satisfaction survey. While the D.C. team is a key factor, success is a function of each of you taking part and putting your strength into the effort—helping us make a deep impact on the policy discussions and decisions that are critical to the future of our industry.

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 9:54am

Industry Advocates SEMA NewsMark your calendars! With Congress in full swing, it’s not too early to make plans to attend the 2016 Washington Rally (May 10–12). The May gathering will mark the 11th time SEMA members have assembled in our nation’s capital to advocate on behalf of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. A biennial tradition, the Washington Rally has raised SEMA’s profile within the halls of Congress and is an integral part of the association’s advocacy efforts.

Posted on: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 3:33pm

Legislation to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved on a 23–3 vote by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 5:31pm

Legislation to increase the initial registration and transfer registration tax by $100 was introduced.

Posted on: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 3:39pm

On July 10, 2015, SEMA members joined with car clubs and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the sixth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD).

Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 9:31am

President Obama recently designated three national monuments, including the 700,000-plus-acre Basin and Range National Monument in eastern Nevada, the 330,000-acre Berryessa Snow Mountain Monument in Northern California and the Waco National Monument in Texas.

Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 9:23am

Legislation to remove the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in Oregon contain a percentage of ethanol died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 9:06am

Effective June 19, 2015, ethylene glycol is now listed as a regulated chemical under Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 9:01am

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation to allow manufacturers to meet warranty and labeling requirements for consumer products by providing warranty information online.

Posted on: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:53am

Employers are currently exempt from paying salaried employees overtime if they make more than about $23,660.

Posted on: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:44am

Thanks to the efforts of the Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs, the Manitoba Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection issued a proclamation designating July 12, 2015, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province.