Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 2:19pm

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.

Posted on: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 2:09pm

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two days before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on whether the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed or scaled back.

Posted on: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 3:39pm

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). 

Posted on: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 3:37pm

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.

Posted on: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 3:33pm

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.

Posted on: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:32am

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.

Posted on: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:27am

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.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:18pm

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.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:15pm

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.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:11pm

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.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:04pm

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.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:01pm

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.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:25am

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.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 6:57am

The Obama Administration has announced that the employer mandate portion of the health care law will be delayed by one year.

Posted on: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 1:38pm

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.

Posted on: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 1:34pm

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.

Posted on: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 1:32pm

SEMA-supported legislation to prohibit the sale and distribution of corn-based ethanol in Maine was signed into law by Governor Paul LePage.

Posted on: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 1:25pm

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.

Posted on: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 2:40pm

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.

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 9:25am

The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 176 (S. Res. 176) designating July 12, 2013, as Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). The Resolution was requested by SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils.

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 8:33am

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.

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 8:31am

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.

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 8:28am

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.

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 7:25am

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has amended and approved the “Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act” (S. 486) to reopen Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina to off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 7:13am

Joined by Congressional leaders and industry experts, members of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) participated in the June 19, 2013, “Fuel for Thought” Rally on Capitol Hill.

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