Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 10:08am

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has approved a SEMA-supported bill (HR 819) to reopen Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina to off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. It has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for further action.

Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 1:11pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to allow private-sector employees who work more than 40 hours per week the choice of taking “comp” time rather than pay.

Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 1:08pm

A federal appeals court struck down a rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board instructing employers to display an 11x17-in. poster informing workers of their right to unionize and bargain collectively.

Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 1:05pm

SEMA-opposed legislation to require tire retailers to provide a written disclosure on a used tire’s age, including the week and year the tire was manufactured, died when the Legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 1:02pm

Having already been approved by the House, legislation to prohibit the sale and distribution of corn-based ethanol is pending consideration by the Maine Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 1:00pm

SEMA-supported legislation to extend the new car emissions inspection exemption from four to seven model years was passed by the Colorado Senate but died in the House when the Legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 12:56pm

Legislation has been reintroduced in Pennsylvania to extend the emissions-inspection exemption to vehicles never before registered in the state or any other jurisdiction for 10 years from the date of original registration.

Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 12:51pm

The House Natural Resources Committee has approved the “Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area Establishment Act,” (HR 1676) sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) that would end a five-year debate on how to expand the U.S. Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, California.

Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 9:06am

A concurrent resolution urging the U.S. EPA to revoke its decision to allow the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15) until there is clear and convincing scientific evidence that it does not pose a risk to any gasoline-powered vehicle or equipment died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 8:55am

SEMA-supported legislation to reduce the annual registration fees charged for automobiles and light trucks died when the Legislature adjourned without the House having voted on the bill.

Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 8:53am

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 signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley.

Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 8:51am

SEMA-supported legislation to allow off-road vehicles to operate on trails included in the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area was signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 8:47am

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, May 9, 2013 - 8:22am

Following years of debate, legislation to give states the ability to collect sales tax from out-of-state Internet and mail-order retailers passed the U.S. Senate. President Obama has signaled his support of the “Marketplace Fairness Act” (S. 743). However, the bill must still be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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.

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