Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 9:52am

Legislation has been reintroduced in the California Senate by Senator Ted Gaines to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from the emissions-inspection requirement.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 9:35am

Urge your legislators to pass the RPM Act, which clarifies that it has always been legal to modify a street vehicle into a racecar used exclusively at the track.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7:15am

Washington, DC (March 8, 2016) – SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting today praised Congressional members for their introduction of a bipartisan bill that would protect thousands of American racecar enthusiasts from overreaching U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. 

Posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 2:57pm

Legislation to allow the issuance of a single license plate for special-interest motor vehicles was approved by the South Dakota Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 2:54pm

Legislation to provide for the issuance (for an annual $100 fee) of a single license plate for passenger cars which were not originally equipped with a bracket on the front of the vehicle to display a plate was approved by the Nebraska State Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 2:49pm

The West Virginia Legislature passed a House Concurrent Resolution (H.C.R. 14) officially designating July 10, 2016, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the state.

Posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 2:42pm

The U.S. House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on how three-dimensional (3D) printing is transforming the process of producing parts and tools.

Posted on: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 4:16pm

A West Virginia House Concurrent Resolution to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into race cars was approved by the West Virginia House in a vote by all members.

Posted on: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 4:12pm

The Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution (HCR 8) that calls on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF).

Posted on: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 4:07pm

Join industry leaders in Washington, D.C., May 11, for the 2016 SEMA Washington Rally.

Posted on: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:17am

Last week SEMA informed its members and the racing public of an important proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation aiming to make it illegal to convert street vehicles into cars used exclusively at the track.

Posted on: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:50am

President Obama has designated three new national monuments located in California’s Mojave Desert.

Posted on: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:46am

In response to a request made by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study on the interplay between copyright law and consumer products that contain software, including motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 2:10pm

SEMA-opposed legislation that would have required manufacturers of designated consumer products, including automotive products, to post ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website was defeated in the California State Assembly.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 3:28pm

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed revisions to its portable fuel container (PFC) rules.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 3:24pm

In an effort to protect U.S. companies against intellectual property theft, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that enables companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intellectual Property Subcommittee held a hearing on a bill that would reduce the length of design patents for automotive crash parts from 14 years to 30 months, including those previously issued.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:58am

Thanks to the efforts of Delegate Gary Howell, a West Virginia House Concurrent Resolution (H.C.R. 14) has been introduced to designate the second Friday in July as West Virginia Collector Car Appreciation Day.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:55am

SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced for the 2016 legislative session.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:50am

Legislation has been introduced in the Idaho State Senate to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:47am

Legislation has been reintroduced in Iowa to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:39am

A version of SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:09am

In a conversation with the Maryland State Police, SEMA has learned that legislation to revise the state’s historic vehicle registration requirements is only intended to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment-repair orders.

Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 10:49am

Legislation to subject historic vehicles of model year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections will be considered by the House Environment and Transportation Committee on January 28, 2016.

Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 2:26pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a SEMA-supported bill to reduce burdensome regulations on business owners and job creators.

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