A U.S. District Court ruled that several off-shore companies violated patents and trademarks owned by Omix-Ada/Rugged Ridge, and had participated in the manufacture of counterfeit products.
Government Affairs News
Bipartisan legislation has been passed by California’s State Assembly and Senate to reauthorize California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program.
A bill to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars from five to seven model years was signed into law by Governor John Carney.
Legislation to extend the emissions-inspection exemption for new cars from six to eight model years has been approved by the Assembly and Senate and sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature and enactment into law.
Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page testified before a key Congressional subcommittee, urging members to continue to allow street vehicles to be modified and converted for motorsports competition.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to provide federal oversight for highly automated vehicles (HAVs).
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment has scheduled a September 13 hearing to discuss several bills to reduce regulatory burdens impacting small businesses.
A federal court overturned a 2016 rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which greatly expanded the number of salaried employees who are required to be paid time-and-a-half for overtime work.
Delaware Emissions: Legislation was approved by the Transportation, Land Use and Infrastructure Committee to extend the emissions-inspection exemption for new cars from five to seven model years. Emissions inspections are required for vehicles being registered or titled for the first time and are then biennial based on the vehicle’s model year (during registration renewals). The bill has now been sent to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote by all members.
The RPM Act of 2017 needs your support. Even if you wrote to Congress in 2016, SEMA urges all race fans and businesses to take action again. Go to www.sema.org/RPM to support the RPM Act of 2017 and secure the future of racing today!
Almost 70,000 SEMA members and supporters have asked congress to support the RPM Act—and it’s making a difference. Nearly 180 members of Congress are now cosponsoring the legislation to save our race cars.
Nearly 180 members of congress are now cosponsoring legislation to save our race cars. Get the latest video, news clips and information on this important motorsports bill here.
A House Joint Resolution to create a mileage-based user fee study committee to determine the feasibility of implementing such a program instead of the gas tax was not considered in committee before the legislature adjourned for the year.
A 2016 explosion at a nitrous-oxide production plant in Florida continues to impact many in the racing community.
A federal Appeals Court struck down a 2015 rule issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that required manufacturers to replace hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), including HFC-134a, with a substitute.
As Speed Week celebrates its 68th anniversary, the racing community is exploring ways to help restore the historic Bonneville Salt Flats to their former glory.
Get the latest video, news clips and information on the motorsports bill here.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is reconsidering a 2016 rule doubling the threshold at which employers must pay salaried workers time-and-a-half for overtime work.
SEMA and other Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) representatives met with U.S. Secretary of the Commerce Wilbur Ross to discuss recreation’s role as a driver of the American economy.
More than 115 SEMA members and staff gathered in the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2017 Washington Rally. Attendees joined in more than 80 meetings, where they reminded members of Congress of the cultural and economic importance of motorsports and the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
We’ve all heard the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” While there’s a good bit of truth to it, representing the interests of the automotive specialty aftermarket is a team effort. SEMA members and staff work together to build relationships with lawmakers in Washington and across the country, amplifying the industry’s voice.
Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is a California law that gives consumers and their attorneys the ability to sue businesses that do not include warning labels on products containing chemicals associated with cancer and birth defects.
California Labeling: A bill was approved by the Senate and referred to the Assembly to require cleaning-product manufacturers to disclose all ingredients and “contaminants of concern” on the product label and the manufacturer’s website.
Legislation to remove the requirement that a motor vehicle must display a registration plate on the front of the motor vehicle died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
A bill that sought to include motor-vehicle tires that contain zinc oxide for evaluation as potential priority products under the Green Chemistry program was gutted and replaced with unrelated legislation.