Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:14pm

Legislation has been introduced in the Washington House of Representatives to require the issuance of only a single license plate for vehicles that do not include a front mounting bracket as manufactured.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:10pm

Legislation to exempt reconstructed vehicles that are more than 25 years old from emissions testing was passed by the Delaware House and was considered by the Senate Public Safety Committee on January 22, 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:07pm

Legislation has been introduced in Kentucky to change the valuation procedure on vehicles registered in the state for purposes of the property tax. The bill would value “newer vehicles” at the higher "clean trade-in" value instead of the lower "average trade-in" value at which they are currently assessed.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:03pm

Legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate for historic vehicles and street rods will be considered by the Maryland House Environmental Matters Committee, Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Currently, only motorcycles, tractors and trailers can operate with a single plate.  

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:58pm

Legislation to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was introduced in Washington state. The bill will be considered by the House Environment Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:38am

Legislation to expand the range of model-year vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates on antique motor vehicles was introduced in New Hampshire. Currently, only ’60 and earlier model-year antique vehicles are eligible to use these plates.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:34am

Legislation that would allow state antique vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems has been introduced in Virginia. Currently, all vehicles are required to have exhaust systems of a type installed as standard factory equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on the particular vehicle as standard factory equipment.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:31am

SEMA is supporting legislation in the Maryland House of Delegates to require the issuance of only a single license plate for historic vehicles and street rods.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:27am

A bill has been reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with an exemption from taxation and fees.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:19am

SEMA-supported legislation that prohibits a person from selling or offering for sale gasoline that contains corn-based ethanol as an additive at a level greater than 10% was introduced in New Hampshire.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:16am

SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:11am

You may be fed up with political antics in Washington, but there’s a lot happening in our nation’s capital that affects your bottom line. 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, January 16, 2014 - 6:58am

Pursuing a pro-growth manufacturing and job-creation agenda, creating access to small business loans and credit, finding affordable health insurance options for employees, countering burdensome vehicle equipment regulations, preventing higher ethanol content in gasoline and combating counterfeit products.  These are just a few of the political issues facing SEMA members during this critical election year.

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.

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