The date marks the ninth 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.
Government Affairs News
The Rhode Island legislature approved a bill allowing the issuance of courtesy registration plates to vehicles more than 25 years old. Under the current law, “antique” plates are available for vehicles that are at least 25 years old and used only for exhibitions, parades and car club activities.
SEMA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) in opposition to threatened tariffs on imported automobiles and auto parts.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that enhances online privacy protections for consumers.
South Dakota—Special-Interest Vehicles: Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill that increases the mileage limitation for special-interest vehicles from 6,000–7,500 miles per year, along with the option of putting personalized plates on the vehicles. A special-interest vehicle is a motor vehicle that is collected, preserved, restored or maintained by the owner as a leisure pursuit and is not used for general or commercial transportation.
It’s been quite a year for Line-X. Not only did the company open a new 60,000-sq.-ft. corporate headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama, but it was also named midsize manufacturer of the year by the Business Council of Alabama and placed top in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 rankings. With those kinds of accolades, it’s no surprise that the company’s congressional representatives are eager to see what all the fuss is about. After hosting U.S. Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) last August, it was U.S. Representative Mo Brooks’ (R-AL) turn for a visit.
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law as part of the state’s budget a provision adding six staff to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) aftermarket parts division.
Prince Edward Island’s Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar announced that July is once again being declared Automotive Heritage Month in the Province.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed SEMA-supported legislation from Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) that would permanently designate six existing OHV areas comprising 300,000 acres in San Bernardino County.
On August 30, 2016, California amended its Proposition 65 regulations for warning labels on products containing chemicals associated with cancer and birth defects.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that will now allow states to require internet retailers to collect sales taxes even when they have no physical presence in the state.
Rhode Island currently has four pending bills that would provide courtesy plates for automotive hobbyists.
The Michigan legislature passed several bills to create a more collaborative regulatory process at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
President Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to investigate whether imported automobiles and auto parts pose a threat to America’s national security.
President Trump directed the U.S. government to impose 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports.
SEMA cautioned President Trump and the U.S. Congress that tariffs imposed by the U.S. government are harming American companies, workers and consumers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 19, 2018) – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) cautioned President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress that tariffs imposed by the U.S. government are harming American companies, workers, and consumers. SEMA member companies are now grappling with higher-priced steel and aluminum because of global tariffs. The U.S. government has also initiated questionable tariffs on Chinese products, and retaliatory tariffs levied by China and many American allies are in the works. Beyond that, the U.S. government is now threatening tariffs of up to 25% on imported automobiles and auto parts.
Several bills introduced in Minnesota in 2018 failed to be approved by the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session.
A bill to allow for the registration of a “military surplus vehicle” as a “historic vehicle” has been introduced and referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.
A bill to extend the length of the motor-vehicle emissions inspection cycle for ’82-and-newer model years from every two years to every four years died as the legislature adjourned.
Several bills introduced in Hawaii in 2018 failed to pass both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session.
Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated this year on July 13.
Colorado—Emissions Inspection: A bill has been introduced to extend the emissions inspection cycle from two years to four years for ’82-and-newer model-year vehicles. It has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.
Most political coverage centers on Washington D.C.; however, less visible decisions made in state capitols profoundly impact lives and businesses. Statehouses are especially critical for SEMA members, as many—perhaps most—specialty auto products are directly regulated at the state level.
A bill to allow for high-mobility multipurpose vehicles to be titled passed the House but died in the Senate Appropriations Committee.