Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:42am

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade Subcommittee passed legislation targeting “patent trolls” that defraud unsuspecting businesses by falsely asserting patent rights.

Posted on: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:36am

The U.S. Department of Interior’s decision not to place the bi-state sage grouse on the Endangered Species list is welcome news to off-road enthusiasts.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 9:05am

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made two changes to the rule governing the tire identification number (TIN) that appears on all new and retreaded motor-vehicle tires sold in the United States.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:57am

Several bills introduced in Iowa in 2015 failed to be approved prior to the crossover deadline, when legislation must have passed the original chamber of jurisdiction (House or Senate) and been sent to the other for consideration.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:42am

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 2015 as “Automotive Heritage Month” in the province.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:38am

Legislation to require the state 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 was introduced.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:21am

Legislation to alter the requirements for vehicles eligible for registration as a “classic vehicle” was amended and approved by the Nevada Assembly Transportation Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:15am

Legislation to include trucks more than 25 years old (regardless of weight) in the definition of eligible “Antique Motor Vehicles” was approved by the full New Hampshire Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:10am

Under an agreement reached by the House and Senate, legislation that threatened to increase annual registration fees by $25 for all motor vehicles was reduced to $21 and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:04am

Legislation in the California legislature to require manufacturers of designated consumer products, including automotive products, to include all ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturers’ website will be considered by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. 

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:00am

A bill to amend the California law governing “Made in U.S.A.” labeling was approved by an assembly committee and is now on the floor of the assembly for a vote by all members.

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 7:57am

SEMA has assembled links to dozens of federal and state government websites that address a wide variety of small-businesses issues.

Posted on: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 3:56pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is convening two small-business advocacy review panels to consider ways to restrict the use of three chemicals found in degreasing and paint-stripping operations.

Posted on: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 3:52pm

Legislation to include trucks more than 25 years old (regardless of weight) in the definition of eligible “antique motor vehicles” was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee and will be sent to the full Senate for a vote by all members.

Posted on: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 3:49pm

Senate legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate for historic vehicles and street rods was approved by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and will be sent to the full Senate for a vote by all members. 

Posted on: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 3:45pm

Legislation to allow an owner of a motor vehicle that is subject to the smog-check program to pay a $200 smog abatement fee in lieu of passing a smog test will be considered by the Assembly Transportation Committee, Monday, April 13, 2015.

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:38pm

Legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars was approved by the House Government Operations Committee. 

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:35pm

A bill that originally sought to increase the population of vehicles prohibited from modifying the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system was amended and approved by the North Dakota House of Representatives.

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:31pm

A version of SEMA-model legislation to ease the process by which replica cars are titled and registered died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:28pm

Legislation to drastically alter the requirements for vehicles eligible for registration as a “classic vehicle” was considered by the Nevada Transportation Committee, but no vote has yet been taken.

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:25pm

SEMA-opposed legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” in Maryland was amended and approved by the full House of Delegates.

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:21pm

Amended House legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate for historic vehicles and street rods was approved by the full Maryland House of Delegates.

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:17pm

A Florida House subcommittee approved amended legislation that originally directed the Department of Transportation to undertake a study on the impact of implementing a system that charges drivers based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:10pm

Thanks to the efforts of the Specialty Vehicle Association of British Columbia (SVABC), the province of British Columbia has again issued a proclamation designating July 11, 2015, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day” in the province.

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:06pm

Legislation to allow the State Highway Commission to implement a pilot program that charged drivers based on vehicle miles traveled was withdrawn by the bill’s sponsor after a public outcry.

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