Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:27am

A bill has been reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with an exemption from taxation and fees.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:19am

SEMA-supported legislation that prohibits a person from selling or offering for sale gasoline that contains corn-based ethanol as an additive at a level greater than 10% was introduced in New Hampshire.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:16am

SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:11am

You may be fed up with political antics in Washington, but there’s a lot happening in our nation’s capital that affects your bottom line. 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, January 16, 2014 - 6:58am

Pursuing a pro-growth manufacturing and job-creation agenda, creating access to small business loans and credit, finding affordable health insurance options for employees, countering burdensome vehicle equipment regulations, preventing higher ethanol content in gasoline and combating counterfeit products.  These are just a few of the political issues facing SEMA members during this critical election year.

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:27pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a technical report evaluating the effectiveness of pretensioners and load limiters for seat belts in the front seats of light-duty vehicles (LTVs).

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:24pm

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule instructing employers to display an 11x17-in. poster informing workers of their right to unionize and bargain collectively has been overturned.

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:21pm

The U.S. Postal Service has increased the price for mailing a first-class letter from 46 cents to 49 cents beginning January 26, 2014. The cost for mailing a standard-size postcard will increase by one penny to $.34.

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:16pm

In comments to a proposal issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, SEMA commended the agency for removing provisions in the regulations that were in conflict with a 2011 law to provide for the titling of street rods and custom vehicles. Currently, the state does not allow the titling of vehicles that do not have "a body, motor and frame manufactured by a motor vehicle manufacturer."

Posted on: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 6:50pm

Legislation 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 was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.

Posted on: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 8:41am

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set the standard business-mileage deduction for 2014 at $0.56 per mile. The rate is one-half cent lower than in 2013.

Posted on: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 8:37am

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) strongly supports a provision to end a six-year clash over access to 189,000 acres of Southern California desert between the military and off-highway vehicle (OHV) users. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a solution to create a dedicated OHV recreation area and provide land for training to the United States Marine Corps. The Senate is set to ratify the measure next week. The bill will then be signed by the President to become law.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:43am

SEMA is supporting legislation that would amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit use of these vehicles on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:40am

In a unanimous vote, the Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation that originally required headlights on motor vehicles to display a “white light” without defining the term.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:37am

Legislation was introduced in Massachusetts to establish a pilot program to impose a vehicle mileage user fee. The bill is intended to supplement the gas tax and implement alternative ways to raise transportation revenue for the state.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:34am

SEMA is opposing Michigan legislation to require the issuance of two license plates for motor vehicles. The state currently only requires one.

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:23am

Over the years, SEMA has received many requests from members seeking information about federal and state emissions compliance requirements. To assist these members in understanding the requirements and to identify ways to minimize both cost and time in reaching compliance status, SEMA has collected information that addresses these issues in a very user-friendly way.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:34am

Transport Canada has updated its tire standards to harmonize them with counterpart standards in the United States. Canada’s Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations, 1995 (MVTSR, 1995) are being revised and relocated within the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS).

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:23am

An Advisory Committee convened by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has issued detailed recommendations on how to implement the agency’s 2012 “Planning Rule.” The Rule is the master guidance document for developing land-use plans instituted by individual forests.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:19am

As part of a continuing effort to revise the American tax code, the leadership of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee has released a proposal to address reforms to cost recovery and tax accounting laws. Earlier this year, the committee began a thorough review of the tax code to modernize the system and create simpler rules for small businesses.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:16am

The House Judiciary Committee approved a SEMA-supported bill (HR 3309) to address patent troll litigation. The bipartisan vote was 33–5. At issue are frivolous lawsuits asserting that a company or individual is infringing a patent.

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:28am

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a SEMA-supported bill that would require federal judges to impose monetary sanctions against lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits.

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:26am

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate (HR 2447/S 1709) to direct the White House National Science and Technology Council to develop and periodically update a national competitiveness strategic plan.

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:20am

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a proposed rule requiring companies with 250 or more employees to electronically submit their injury and illness records (Form 300) on a quarterly basis.

Posted on: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:15am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged that a 2007 federal law sets unrealistic mandates on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline.