A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Reserve improperly inflated the fees banks and card companies are allowed to charge retailers when their customers swipe debit cards.
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As a requirement of the new health care law, the “Affordable Care Act,” all employers must provide written notice of available health care coverage options to their employees by October 1, 2013, regardless of whether the company offers health care coverage. Newly hired employees must be notified in writing within 14 days of their date of hire after October 1. The notice may be distributed electronically.
SEMA-supported legislation to provide for the prompt issuance of titles to owners of out-of-state motor vehicles that are 35 years old or older must be signed or vetoed by Governor Pat McCrory by July 26, 2103.
Witnesses representing oil, fuel and petrochemical, livestock, automotive, food, biofuel and environmental organizations testified for two days before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on whether the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed or scaled back.
On July 12, 2013, SEMA members joined with SEMA staff and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the fourth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of official events were held in the United States, Canada and Australia to commemorate the day, designated by a SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 176 sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).
Legislation to repeal the requirement that retail dealers, nonretail dealers or wholesale dealers sell only gasoline blended with a specified percentage of ethanol died when the Oregon legislature adjourned for the year.
SEMA-supported legislation to provide for the prompt issuance of titles to owners of out-of-state motor vehicles that are 35 years old or older was approved by the full House of Representatives. Having already been passed by the Senate, the bill will now be sent to Governor Pat McCrory for his signature and enactment into law.
You may be fed up with political antics in Washington, but there’s a lot happening in our nation’s capital that affects your business. SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) helps you keep pace by supporting the congressional car guys and gals who understand the importance of what you do.
Summer is here and members of the U.S. Congress will be spending the month of August back in their home districts. The August “district work period” provides members of Congress with opportunities to hear directly from their constituents on hot topics, such as tax reform, health care and small business economic development.
A U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee held a hearing on how to best manage trails for motorized and non-motorized recreation. It was noted that a number of trails were not originally intended as recreational venues but rather wood/mining extraction roads, fire breaks, hunting routes or game trails.
SEMA is supporting Pennsylvania legislation to extend the emissions-inspection exemption to vehicles never before registered in the state or any other jurisdiction for five years from the model year in which the vehicle was manufactured.
Legislation to require that motor vehicles display only a single license plate on the rear of the vehicle was approved by the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.
For the second consecutive year, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez issued a proclamation designating July 12, 2013, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the state.
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee leadership intends to start with a blank slate as they draft legislation to reform the federal tax code. Through this approach, all deductions and credits would be removed so as to reduce overall tax rates.
With July’s Collector Car Appreciation Day celebration just around the corner, media personality Courtney Hansen is promoting this automotive “holiday” in a new video public service announcement.
The Obama Administration has announced that the employer mandate portion of the health care law will be delayed by one year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has once again delayed implementation of a rule that would require all new passenger cars be equipped with a rearview camera system.
Thanks to the efforts of Assemblyman Bill Reilich, the New York State Assembly again issued a resolution enabling Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim July 13, 2013, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the state.
SEMA-supported legislation to prohibit the sale and distribution of corn-based ethanol in Maine was signed into law by Governor Paul LePage.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected petitions to reconsider a lower court ruling allowing the sale of gasoline blended with 15% ethanol (E15). The lower court did not rule on whether the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to permit E15 to be sold in the marketplace was valid.
The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 176 (S. Res. 176) designating July 12, 2013 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day." The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils. The date marks the fourth commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HR 1960, the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill includes a provision to end a five-year debate on how to expand the U.S. Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, California.
Pro-hobby legislation to allow a single license plate for attachment at the rear of the vehicle and a separate bill to increase the emissions inspection period from an annual requirement to every five years died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
SEMA-opposed legislation that raised the assessed value of antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles, along with placing a cap on the number of miles those vehicles can be driven, died when the legislature adjourned for the year.