Government Affairs News

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.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:03am

Thanks to the efforts of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has again issued a proclamation designating July 2016 as “Automotive Heritage Month” in the province.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:00am

The province of British Columbia has again issued a proclamation designating July 9, 2016, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:57am

Legislation that would amend the state’s current law governing historic motor vehicles to permit their use for pleasure driving one day per week has been reintroduced in the New Jersey State Assembly.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:54am

Legislation to exempt rare or historically significant vehicles from emissions-control requirements was approved by the Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:50am

Legislation to allow a camping or fifth-wheel trailer more than 25 years old to be permanently registered for a $25 fee was approved by the Missouri House.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:46am

Legislation that originally appeared to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections was approved by the Maryland Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:39am

Legislation to require the Air Resources Board to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:35am

Legislation to expand the authorization of year-of-manufacture license plates to include owners of ’80 or older model-year vehicles will be considered by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:31am

Legislation to require new-car dealers to provide purchasers a written statement declaring it is illegal for manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed or because someone other than the dealer performed service will be considered by the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.

Posted on: Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:50am

Action, support for congressional bill more important than ever. ACT NOW!

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:54pm

SEMA recently submitted additional comments to the EPA urging the agency to withdraw its proposed rule that prohibits the conversion of street cars into vehicles used solely for competition.

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:31pm

The online magazine reports that the battle against the proposed changes to the Clean Air Act has taken a new turn.

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:23pm

Attorneys general from eight states recently voiced their concerns about a proposed rule that would “expand the (EPA)’s statutory jurisdiction under the Clean Air Act” to prohibit the conversion of street cars into dedicated racecars, noting that it was “contrary to the law and would reverse decades of practice by the (EPA).”

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:14pm

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act) is a Congressional bill that, if passed, will ensure that street vehicles can continue to be converted into racecars.

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:20am

Legislation to provide for the issuance of special plates for use on collector vehicles and allow for the transfer of the plates between collector vehicles owned by a collector was vetoed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:15am

Legislation authorizing local governments to hold sanctioned motor-vehicle races on public roads or airports under their jurisdiction was signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:07am

Legislation to exempt rare or historically significant vehicles from emissions-control requirements was amended and approved by the Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:04am

Legislation to allow the operator of a nonregistered off-road vehicle or snowmobile from another state or country to purchase a trail-use tag to operate on designated trails and properties was approved by the Indiana Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:53am

Legislation to expand the authorization of year-of-manufacture license plates to include owners of ’80 or older model-year vehicles was introduced.

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:50am

Legislation to require the Air Resources Board to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks will be considered by the Assembly Transportation Committee.

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