Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:27pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a technical report evaluating the effectiveness of pretensioners and load limiters for seat belts in the front seats of light-duty vehicles (LTVs).

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:24pm

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule instructing employers to display an 11x17-in. poster informing workers of their right to unionize and bargain collectively has been overturned.

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:21pm

The U.S. Postal Service has increased the price for mailing a first-class letter from 46 cents to 49 cents beginning January 26, 2014. The cost for mailing a standard-size postcard will increase by one penny to $.34.

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:16pm

In comments to a proposal issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, SEMA commended the agency for removing provisions in the regulations that were in conflict with a 2011 law to provide for the titling of street rods and custom vehicles. Currently, the state does not allow the titling of vehicles that do not have "a body, motor and frame manufactured by a motor vehicle manufacturer."

Posted on: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 6:50pm

Legislation to allow minor modifications to collector vehicles, exempt former military vehicles, historic military vehicles, and collector vehicles from importer certification label requirements, and expand rights for historic military vehicle owners was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.

Posted on: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 8:41am

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set the standard business-mileage deduction for 2014 at $0.56 per mile. The rate is one-half cent lower than in 2013.

Posted on: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 8:37am

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) strongly supports a provision to end a six-year clash over access to 189,000 acres of Southern California desert between the military and off-highway vehicle (OHV) users. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a solution to create a dedicated OHV recreation area and provide land for training to the United States Marine Corps. The Senate is set to ratify the measure next week. The bill will then be signed by the President to become law.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:43am

SEMA is supporting legislation that would amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit use of these vehicles on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:40am

In a unanimous vote, the Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation that originally required headlights on motor vehicles to display a “white light” without defining the term.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:37am

Legislation was introduced in Massachusetts to establish a pilot program to impose a vehicle mileage user fee. The bill is intended to supplement the gas tax and implement alternative ways to raise transportation revenue for the state.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:34am

SEMA is opposing Michigan legislation to require the issuance of two license plates for motor vehicles. The state currently only requires one.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:23am

Over the years, SEMA has received many requests from members seeking information about federal and state emissions compliance requirements. To assist these members in understanding the requirements and to identify ways to minimize both cost and time in reaching compliance status, SEMA has collected information that addresses these issues in a very user-friendly way.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:34am

Transport Canada has updated its tire standards to harmonize them with counterpart standards in the United States. Canada’s Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations, 1995 (MVTSR, 1995) are being revised and relocated within the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS).

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:23am

An Advisory Committee convened by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has issued detailed recommendations on how to implement the agency’s 2012 “Planning Rule.” The Rule is the master guidance document for developing land-use plans instituted by individual forests.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:19am

As part of a continuing effort to revise the American tax code, the leadership of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee has released a proposal to address reforms to cost recovery and tax accounting laws. Earlier this year, the committee began a thorough review of the tax code to modernize the system and create simpler rules for small businesses.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:16am

The House Judiciary Committee approved a SEMA-supported bill (HR 3309) to address patent troll litigation. The bipartisan vote was 33–5. At issue are frivolous lawsuits asserting that a company or individual is infringing a patent.

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:28am

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a SEMA-supported bill that would require federal judges to impose monetary sanctions against lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits.

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:26am

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate (HR 2447/S 1709) to direct the White House National Science and Technology Council to develop and periodically update a national competitiveness strategic plan.

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:20am

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a proposed rule requiring companies with 250 or more employees to electronically submit their injury and illness records (Form 300) on a quarterly basis.

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:15am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged that a 2007 federal law sets unrealistic mandates on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline.

Posted on: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:10am

At a gathering of state lawmakers during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell was named chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Howell was appointed to the post after the November 5 election of New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich to the office of City Supervisor in Greece, New York. Reilich had served in the role for six years and will continue as chairman emeritus.

Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 7:05am

Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, it’s critical that you understand the requirements of the new health care reform law. Although the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate penalties have been delayed one year until 2015, other obligations impacting companies of all sizes and their workers will still take effect in 2013 and 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 3:51pm

Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, it’s critical that you understand the requirements of the new health care reform law. Although the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate penalties have been delayed one year until 2015, other obligations impacting companies of all sizes and their workers will still take effect in 2013 and 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 3:49pm

SEMA members have a unique opportunity to schedule a free one-on-one meeting with an intellectual property rights or customs attorney. Private meetings are available in 15-minute segments. Members can sign up for two segments each with any of the experts.

Posted on: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:03am

Legislation to allow minor modifications to collector vehicles, exempt former military vehicles, historic military vehicles and collector vehicles from importer certification label requirements, and expand rights for historic military vehicle owners was passed by the full Wisconsin Assembly.

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