Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:01am

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making low-interest loans available to companies producing fuel-efficient vehicles and the equipment that achieves efficiency gains.

Posted on: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 1:12pm

SEMA is providing free one-on-one meetings at the 2014 SEMA Show with experts on intellectual property and antitrust law, including an expert on resale and minimum advertised price (MAP) policies who can provide guidance and answer your questions.

Posted on: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:46pm

Visit the “Save the Salt” booth in the Central Hall (#24099) to see the Triumph Castrol Rocket.

Posted on: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:27am

While you’re at the 2014 SEMA Show, be sure to stop by the SEMA PAC booth to make your voice heard.

Posted on: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:19am

SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils have announced that the next "Collector Car Appreciation Day" will be celebrated July 10, 2015.

Posted on: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 11:19am

President Obama designated 346,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles as a National Monument.

Posted on: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:58am

Automotive media personality and SEMA Action Network (SAN) member Courtney Hansen will return this year to sign limited-edition posters at the SAN’s SEMA Show display.

Posted on: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:39pm

Legislation (S.B. 1077) to establish an advisory committee to study a road-usage fee was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.

Posted on: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:28pm

As critical deadlines approach, whether you’re a business owner or employee, it’s vital that you understand the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.”

Posted on: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:48pm

To help safeguard your innovations and investment, a representative from the FBI and seasoned intellectual property attorneys will provide you with valuable insights in a one-hour seminar on protecting your patents, trademarks and copyrights in the United States and overseas. 

Posted on: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:05am

In the past, the creation of an Interest-Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC) has allowed U.S. manufacturers from a number of industries to greatly reduce the amount of tax paid on their exports—and the automotive industry has been no exception. For example, tax specialist alliantgroup recently helped one company that produces LED lights for a variety of motor vehicles receive $235,600 in tax savings on their exports. Another company that creates fabrics and composites for automotive applications was eligible to receive $539,000 in tax dollars for its IC-DISC.

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 3:20pm

A Florida man will serve jail time and is required to pay restitution for trafficked counterfeit goods.

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 3:14pm

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule requiring employers to report within eight hours when a worker has been killed on the job and within 24 hours when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 3:09pm

SEMA announced that its new member guide describing the process by which businesses can protect their intellectual property (IP) rights is now available online.

Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:10am

The Obama Administration is leading an international effort to voluntarily phase-out production and use of the coolant R-134a and other hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:08am

California has joined the state of Connecticut and at least 13 major cities nationwide in enacting legislation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:04am

Working with members of the legislature, SEMA has decided to abandon a plan to offer a compromise to exhaust noise legislation.

Posted on: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:37am

Election Day will fall on the first day of the 2014 SEMA Show.

Posted on: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:32am

Legislation was enacted in 2012 to establish the California Legacy License Plate Program. The plates are now available for pre-order. 

Posted on: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:59am

SEMA-opposed legislation to prohibit motor-vehicle repair facilities from modifying an exhaust system to “produce noise in excess of OEM stock decibel levels” has been introduced in Michigan.

Posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:04am

Legislation to establish an advisory committee to study a road-usage fee was approved by the California Assembly and Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 3:55pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken the first step toward requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications in all new light-duty cars. The agency issued a research report and an advance proposed rule to mandate the installation of wireless equipment warning drivers of potential danger. The NHTSA has identified the year 2020 as its target to begin implementing the rule. 

Posted on: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 3:53pm

At SEMA’s request, a provision was deleted in North Carolina legislation that would have imposed a fine on any person that equipped a car with headlamps that “change the original design.”

Posted on: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 2:58pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban the use of HFC-134a as a motor-vehicle air-conditioning system refrigerant starting with model-year (MY) ’21 new vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 2:55pm

The Massachusetts state legislature failed to complete action on a series of bills that would have impacted the automotive hobby.

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