Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:53am

SEMA has created a webpage with information to help SEMA members understand the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The new health care law is being phased in over a number of years, and January 2014 is the deadline for larger companies to offer coverage or pay a penalty.

Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:33am

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 North Carolina Senate with amendments.

Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:29am

SEMA-supported legislation to extend the new car emissions inspection exemption from four to seven model years has been approved by two Senate Committees and sent to the Senate floor.

Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:26am

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in Ohio to require that motor vehicles display only a single license plate on the rear of the vehicle.

Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:23am

Working with Nevada lawmakers, SEMA amended legislation that originally threatened to add abandoned, unregistered, inoperable or junk motor vehicles to the list of items that constitute a public nuisance.

Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:20am

Legislation to repeal the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the Senate on a 33–1 vote.

Posted on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:09am

Summer is around the corner and that means Collector Car Appreciation Day is quickly approaching! With great anticipation of this year’s festivities, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) will continue announcing our hobby’s “holiday” and listing those who are stepping up to honor the occasion.

Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:53pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued guidelines intended to limit the risk of driver distraction from in-vehicle electronic devices that are not directly applicable to driving a car. These voluntary guidelines do not have the effect of law and would apply to original equipment installed in new light-duty vehicles. 

Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:50pm

Working with Nevada lawmakers, SEMA amended legislation that originally threatened to add abandoned, unregistered, inoperable or junk motor vehicles to the list of items that constitute a public nuisance.

Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:48pm

SEMA is supporting legislation to reduce the annual vehicle registration fees for automobiles and light trucks.

Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:41pm

Legislation to approve a regulation allowing off-road vehicles to operate on trails included in the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area has been approved by the West Virginia legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:31pm

SEMA is opposing South Carolina legislation to increase biennial registration fees for motor vehicles. The bill would increase the registration fees for private passenger vehicles, excluding trucks, from $24 to $36 for persons under age 65.

Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:28pm

SEMA-opposed legislation to increase property taxes paid by owners of antique motor vehicles died when the West Virginia legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:24pm

Legislation to repeal the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the House of Representatives on a 77–39 vote.

Posted on: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:06pm

SEMA has endorsed a proposal by Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) that would end a five-year debate on how to expand the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) base at Twentynine Palms, California.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 9:57am

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has endorsed a proposal by Rep. Paul Cook that would end a five-year debate on how to expand the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) base at Twentynine Palms, California.  Under the compromise, the Marines would have access to the adjoining Johnson Valley Off-Highway (OHV) Recreation Area for up to 42 days a year for training exercises but the OHV area would be otherwise preserved in perpetuity.

Posted on: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 10:02am

Nearly 2,000 exhibitors are confirmed to participate in the SEMA Show Priority Booth Selection Process taking place later this month. The number represents a six percent increase over the number of companies that participated in the process in 2012.

Posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 11:02am

SEMA-supported legislation (HR 1459) has been introduced in the U.S.
Congress to require the president to complete an environmental review
under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before designating
more than 5,000 acres as a national monument.

Posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 9:01am

Maryland legislation to require the issuance of a single motor vehicle
license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 8:55am

After being approved by the Joint Committee on Planning and Development
by a narrow 10–9 vote, legislation to increase the age requirement for
vehicles eligible for registration as “antique, rare or special-interest
motor vehicles” or “modified antique motor vehicles” will be considered
by the Connecticut House of Representatives in a vote by all members.

Posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 8:52am

SEMA-supported legislation to extend the new car emissions inspection
exemption from four to seven model years has been introduced in the
Colorado Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 8:45am

A version of SEMA-model legislation to prohibit cities or towns from
enforcing an ordinance that prevents automobile collectors from pursuing
their hobby was denied further consideration by the House Local
Government Committee after initial review.

Posted on: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 8:42am

A bill has been amended in the California Senate to authorize the Bureau
of Automotive Repair (BAR) to provide other forms of financial
assistance to an owner to retire a motor vehicle.

Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:25pm

A SEMA-supported bill (HR 1462) has been introduced in the U.S. House of
Representatives to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The
current RFS mandates that an increasing amount of ethanol or other
biofuels be blended into gasoline each year—levels that are now becoming
unattainable in a free marketplace.

Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:22pm

In cooperation with Wisconsin's collector vehicle community, legislation
has been introduced in the Wisconsin Senate 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.

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