Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 1:28pm

Legislation has been introduced in the Michigan Senate to exempt historic military vehicles from the requirement that they display a license plate unless the vehicle was originally manufactured with lighting and mounting provisions for a plate.

Posted on: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:11am

Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, it’s critical that you understand the requirements of the new health care reform law. Although the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate penalties have been delayed one year until 2015, other obligations impacting companies of all sizes and their workers will still take effect in 2013 and 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 9:14am

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposed rule to allow motorcycle license plates to be mounted at an angle of up to 30 degrees beyond vertical rather than the current 15-degree limit.

Posted on: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 1:24pm

SEMA-supported legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles will be considered by the Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Posted on: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 1:20pm

SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) recently launched “Under the Hood,” an exclusive electronic newsletter available to all SEMA PAC-approved members.

Posted on: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 1:13pm

Businesses and enthusiasts can visit the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) website to learn how to title and register hobby cars in each state, meet emissions standards and fight unfair inoperable vehicle storage rules at the local level. The SAN has now added to its resource arsenal a compilation of exhaust noise laws by state.

Posted on: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 12:48pm

West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell has been named vice chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. The Caucus is supported by SEMA and chaired by New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich.

Posted on: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 2:10pm

West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell has been named vice chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus.  The Caucus is supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and is chaired by New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich.

Posted on: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:05am

The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Property Tax Assessment office is in the process of implementing a new system by which vehicle property taxes are processed (KAVIS). While the system has changed, the legal tax assessment has not been raised. The assessment remains as a percentage ($.25 per $100) of the valuation recorded in the NADA guide.

Posted on: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:00am

It is illegal to market a product that does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) or would take the vehicle or item of equipment out of compliance with the standard after it is installed. This requirement includes aftermarket head restraints that are outfitted with audio and video components.

Posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 9:30am

A new law was enacted in 2012 to establish the California Legacy License Plate Program. The plates have been available for pre-order, and cost $50 for non-personalized or personalized plates.

Posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 9:26am

Thanks to the efforts of several members of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus, the Michigan State Senate issued a resolution commemorating August 2013 as Automotive Heritage Month in the state.

Posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 9:22am

A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Reserve improperly inflated the fees banks and card companies are allowed to charge retailers when their customers swipe debit cards.

Posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 9:13am

As a requirement of the new health care law, the “Affordable Care Act,” all employers must provide written notice of available health care coverage options to their employees by October 1, 2013, regardless of whether the company offers health care coverage. Newly hired employees must be notified in writing within 14 days of their date of hire after October 1. The notice may be distributed electronically. 

Posted on: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 2:19pm

SEMA-supported legislation to provide for the prompt issuance of titles to owners of out-of-state motor vehicles that are 35 years old or older must be signed or vetoed by Governor Pat McCrory by July 26, 2103.

Posted on: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 2:09pm

Witnesses representing oil, fuel and petrochemical, livestock, automotive, food, biofuel and environmental organizations testified for two days before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on whether the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed or scaled back.

Posted on: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 3:39pm

On July 12, 2013, SEMA members joined with SEMA staff and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the fourth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of official events were held in the United States, Canada and Australia to commemorate the day, designated by a SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 176 sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). 

Posted on: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 3:37pm

Legislation to repeal the requirement that retail dealers, nonretail dealers or wholesale dealers sell only gasoline blended with a specified percentage of ethanol died when the Oregon legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 3:33pm

SEMA-supported 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 full House of Representatives. Having already been passed by the Senate, the bill will now be sent to Governor Pat McCrory for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:32am

You may be fed up with political antics in Washington, but there’s a lot happening in our nation’s capital that affects your business. 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, July 11, 2013 - 7:27am

Summer is here and members of the U.S. Congress will be spending the month of August back in their home districts. The August “district work period” provides members of Congress with opportunities to hear directly from their constituents on hot topics, such as tax reform, health care and small business economic development.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:18pm

A U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee held a hearing on how to best manage trails for motorized and non-motorized recreation. It was noted that a number of trails were not originally intended as recreational venues but rather wood/mining extraction roads, fire breaks, hunting routes or game trails.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:15pm

SEMA is supporting Pennsylvania legislation to extend the emissions-inspection exemption to vehicles never before registered in the state or any other jurisdiction for five years from the model year in which the vehicle was manufactured.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:11pm

Legislation to require that motor vehicles display only a single license plate on the rear of the vehicle was approved by the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:04pm

For the second consecutive year, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez issued a proclamation designating July 12, 2013, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the state.

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