Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 1:54pm

SEMA-opposed legislation that would have provided counties with the authority to remove from private property motor vehicles deemed to be a “nuisance” died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 1:50pm

Legislation that originally repealed the six-year limitation for applying a salvage brand to a motor vehicle whose cost of being repaired exceeded its value was approved by the House and Senate and now goes to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 2:09pm

Legislation to annually designate the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend in July as "Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation" weekend was approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 2:06pm

A bill to expand the range of vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates on antique motor vehicles was approved by the New Hampshire House of Representatives and will now be considered by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 2:03pm

Legislation to prohibit a person from selling or offering for sale gasoline that contains more than 10% ethanol was approved by the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 2:01pm

Legislation to authorize the owner of a vintage vehicle to keep the permanent vintage tag, but pay regular license taxes and registration fees for the privilege of operating the vehicle for general transportation purposes died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 1:58pm

A SEMA-supported bill to exempt purchases made by historic automobile museums from sales and use taxes was signed into law by Governor Dave Heineman.

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:10am

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to include “National” within the title “Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.” Last year, congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which designated nearly 100,000 acres of Johnson Valley, California, as a federal OHV recreation area.

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:27pm

Several bills introduced in Maryland in 2014 and of interest to SEMA members failed to meet the crossover deadline and therefore are dead for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:24pm

Legislation to allow the display, on collector vehicles manufactured before ’79, of one or two historical registration plates from or representing the model year of the vehicle was approved by the Wisconsin legislature and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:21pm

Legislation to provide for a program that will allow classic-car status to be determined from nationally recognized standards and guides was approved by the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee and has been sent to the floor for a vote by all Senators.

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:17pm

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt reconstructed vehicles that are more than 25 years old from emissions testing was passed by the Delaware Senate Public Safety Committee and sent to the floor for a vote by all senators.

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:13pm

Legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in model-year ’74 and earlier from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection program was signed into law in 2011. Before this exemption can go into effect, certain conditions must be met. 

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 2:48pm

A bill to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was signed into law by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:22am

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a proposal that interstate truck and bus drivers switch to electronic logs rather than fill out paperwork when tracking hours of operation.

Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:18am

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has directed automakers to install rearview camera systems by 2018 on all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 lbs.

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:59pm

Legislation to establish a pilot program administered by the Department of Transportation to impose a vehicle mileage user fee was introduced in Minnesota.

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:56pm

Legislation to authorize the owner of a vintage vehicle to keep the permanent vintage tag, but pay regular license taxes and registration fees for the privilege of operating the vehicle for general transportation purposes has been introduced in the Alabama Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:53pm

Legislation to provide for a program that will allow classic car status to be determined from nationally recognized standards and guides was approved by the Minnesota House Transportation Policy Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:50pm

Legislation to expand the range of vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates on antique motor vehicles was approved by the New Hampshire House Transportation Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:47pm

SEMA-supported legislation to allow counties to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles from the privilege tax was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam.

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:46pm

Legislation to annually designate the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend in July as "Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation" weekend was approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:37pm

A U.S. appeals court has overturned last July’s district court ruling that the Federal Reserve improperly inflated the fees banks and card companies are allowed to charge retailers when their customers swipe debit cards. The fees are currently set at $0.21 per transaction plus $0.01–$0.03 more to cover fraud prevention and other adjustments.

Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:07pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act.” Introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and supported by SEMA, the bill would require a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study for any national monument designations more than 5,000 acres.

Posted on: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:19am

Several pro-hobby bills introduced in West Virginia in 2014 failed to be approved by both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session. 

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