Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide. Replica vehicles resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago. Supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the "Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015" (H.R. 2675) would allow companies to construct up to 500 such cars a year subject to federal regulatory oversight.
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Legislation to prohibit the sale of motor fuel with an ethanol mixture died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
Legislation to impose a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on motor vehicles that travel 5,000 or more miles per year died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
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 was approved by the legislature.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposed rule to define “motorcycle helmets” and thereby regulate novelty helmets (commonly referred to as “skullcaps” and “beanies”) that are sold and worn for highway use.
Legislation to mandate payment of a “recoupment” surcharge of up to $95 died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
A bill to ban motor-vehicle exhaust systems that increase the noise level died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new version of its poster entitled, “Job Safety and Health – It's The Law!"
Legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
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.
Legislation to require the Department of Revenue to charge and collect a miles driven fee of up to $200 for a one-year vehicle registration and up to $400 for a two-year vehicle registration died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
Legislation to ease the burden on owners by requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, upon request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled under Vermont law was approved by the legislature and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.
SEMA-supported legislation directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study on requirements for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was passed by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and awaits a vote before the full Senate.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed SEMA-supported legislation to renew the research and development (R&D) tax credit, which expired at the end of 2014.
House and Senate versions of legislation (H.B. 7075/S.B. 1186) to establish a pilot program to study the feasibility of implementing a system that charges drivers based on vehicle miles traveled died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
SEMA-supported legislation to include trucks more than 25 years old (regardless of weight) in the definition of eligible “antique motor vehicles” was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan.
Legislation to repeal the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the House and Senate.
The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its hazardous chemical labeling requirements by adopting the international Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is considering several bills to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
SEMA-supported legislation (HR 999; S 1040) has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study requirements proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).
Legislation to prohibit the use, sale or installation of an exhaust system “that has been changed or modified from the factory design so as to increase the volume or audibility of the explosions within the vehicle’s motor” died for the year when the legislature adjourned.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is presenting a free webinar May 21, 2015, to identify resources to help applicants secure legal representation and assistance with patent filings.
Legislation to allow the issuance, at the option of the vehicle owner, of only a single rear-mounted license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
Legislation to amend the law regarding ethanol-blended gasoline to provide that a sales and distribution prohibition would take effect if only three other states had enacted similar laws was not approved by the Joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
A bill that originally sought to increase the population of vehicles prohibited from modifying the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system was heavily amended, approved by the North Dakota State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple.