Government Affairs News

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.

Posted on: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:10am

At a gathering of state lawmakers during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell was named chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Howell was appointed to the post after the November 5 election of New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich to the office of City Supervisor in Greece, New York. Reilich had served in the role for six years and will continue as chairman emeritus.

Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 7:05am

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, October 24, 2013 - 3:51pm

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, October 24, 2013 - 3:49pm

SEMA members have a unique opportunity to schedule a free one-on-one meeting with an intellectual property rights or customs attorney. Private meetings are available in 15-minute segments. Members can sign up for two segments each with any of the experts.

Posted on: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:03am

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 passed by the full Wisconsin Assembly.

Posted on: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:02am

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, October 10, 2013 - 11:25am

Legislation that would require headlights on motor vehicles to display a “white light” without defining the term has been introduced in the Ohio State Senate. The bill has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.

Posted on: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 11:22am

SEMA members have a unique opportunity to schedule a free one-on-one meeting with an intellectual property rights or customs attorney. Private meetings are available in 15-minute segments. Members can sign up for two segments each with any of the experts.

Posted on: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:05pm

On Sept, 24, 2013, the Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee heard testimony on a bill that would ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emission of any vehicle, including motorcycles.”

Posted on: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:01pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has included a recommendation in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that encourages manufacturers to equip new vehicles with a rearview video system.

Posted on: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:41am

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 26, 2013 - 10:05am

SEMA’s Government Affairs Office has compiled a comprehensive guide on how motor-vehicle parts are regulated by the federal government. It is a must-read document for every SEMA member. 

Posted on: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:01am

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 approved by the Wisconsin Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 8:04am

Legislation to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emission of any vehicle, including motorcycles,” has been reintroduced in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:49am

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. The notice may be distributed electronically. 

Posted on: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 1:37pm

SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils have announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated July 11, 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 1:31pm

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a proposed rule to clarify that research and development (R&D) expenditures would be deductible regardless of whether the resulting product is sold or used in the taxpayer’s trade or business.

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.

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