Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:14pm

Legislation has been introduced in North Carolina to impose a fine on
any person who equips a car with headlamps that “change the original
design.” The SEMA-opposed bill conflicts with the Federal “National
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.”

Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:10pm

SEMA is opposing two pieces of Idaho legislation to increase annual
registration fees for motor vehicles having a gross weight of 8,000 lbs.
or less. The fee increase would vary depending on the age of the
vehicle.
The SEMA Action Network (SAN)-opposed legislation that would have
increased annual registration fees for motor vehicles weighing 8,000
lbs. or less died when the Idaho Legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:05pm

With opposition from SEMA, legislation that threatened to disallow the
use of year-of-manufacture license plates in Connecticut after July 1,
2013, was amended in committee to continue to allow use of these plates.

Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:02pm

Legislation to repeal the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale
in the state contain a percentage of ethanol could be considered this
week by the Florida House of Representatives with a vote by all members.

Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:02pm

Legislation to require the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to
provide, for one year, a specially designed vintage reproduction
registration plate to qualifying vehicle owners was approved by both the
Maryland Senate and House and sent to the governor for his signature
and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 12:30pm

The “Affordable Care Act” is sowing confusion for many SEMA members. 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, April 4, 2013 - 8:16am

Thanks to the efforts of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of
Canada, Nova Scotia Premier Darrell E. Dexter issued a proclamation
designating July 2013 as “Automotive Heritage Month” in the province.

Posted on: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:12am

Legislation to repeal the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale
in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the House
Regulatory Affairs Committee and has been sent to the floor of the
Florida House of Representatives for a vote by all members.

Posted on: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:02am

SEMA–supported legislation to allow the owner of a motor vehicle
trailer, semitrailer or pole trailer manufactured in the year 1948, 1949
or 1950 to display a single original Montana license plate affixed to
the rear of the vehicle was signed into law by Montana Governor Steve
Bullock.

Posted on: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:58am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed tougher
tailpipe and evaporative emissions standards known as “Tier 3” to take
effect in 2017.

Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:23pm

Identical bills have been introduced in the U.S. House (HR 1127) and
Senate (S 544) directing the president to develop a comprehensive
national manufacturing strategy and amend the plan every two years.
Similar legislation has been introduced and considered in recent years.

Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:20pm

The Supreme Court ruled that books and other goods produced overseas can
be imported into the United States without the permission of the
copyright holder.

Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:17pm

SEMA is supporting North Carolina legislation to provide for the prompt
issuance of titles to owners of out-of-state motor vehicles that are
35-years old or older.

Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:14pm

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration
classification for street rods and custom vehicles has been reintroduced
in the New York State Senate and Assembly.

Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:11pm

Legislation has been introduced in Texas to increase the emissions
inspection period from an annual requirement to every five years. This
bill would not affect a requirement that an emissions inspection be
conducted during an initial inspection period in a county covered by
testing.

Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:06pm

SEMA-opposed legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles
eligible for registration as “antique, rare or special-interest motor
vehicles” or “modified antique motor vehicles” was approved by the
Connecticut Joint Committee on Planning and Development by a narrow 10–9
vote.

Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:04pm

Working with state lawmakers, SEMA helped amend legislation that
originally threatened to ban any covering that reduced the visibility of
required motor vehicle lighting.

Posted on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:00pm

The U.S. Congress will soon hold hearings on whether to modify the
Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). The law mandates that an increasing
amount of ethanol or other biofuels be blended into gasoline each
year—levels that may be unattainable in the current marketplace.

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 11:34am

Who isn’t frustrated with Washington gridlock?  While one person can’t
change the dysfunction, collectively we can help influence the process.
Our industry needs your help.

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:49am

The Illinois House of Representatives has reintroduced legislation
allowing the state to provide information to gas stations encouraging
the stations to offer E15 as an option for customers.

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:47am

Legislation has been introduced in Texas to add an additional fee of $50
to the vehicle registration and renewal fees. The extra $50 would be
deposited into the Texas Mobility Fund.

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:43am

A bill that originally sought to increase property taxes paid by some
owners of antique motor vehicles was amended and approved by the House
Roads and Transportation Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:38am

Legislation has been introduced in New York and Massachusetts to require
the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:34am

SEMA-supported legislation to allow the owner of a motor vehicle,
trailer, semitrailer or pole trailer manufactured in the year 1948, 1949
or 1950 to display a single original Montana license plate that is
affixed to the rear of the vehicle was approved by the Montana Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:31am

SEMA is supporting legislation to require the Maryland Motor Vehicle
Administration (MVA) to provide, for one year, a specially designed
vintage reproduction registration plate to qualifying vehicle owners.

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