Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 8:01am

Legislation has been introduced in Virginia to provide that vehicle registrations would be permanent unless the vehicle ownership or the address where the vehicle is principally garaged changes.

Posted on: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:57am

Legislation has been introduced in the Nebraska Legislature to provide for the issuance (for a $100 fee) of a single license plate for passenger cars which were not originally equipped with a bracket on the front of the vehicle to display a license plate.

Posted on: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:48am

Kentucky has reintroduced legislation to put in place a new valuation procedure for older vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 4:49pm

Virginia Senate legislation to exempt antique motor vehicles from the requirement that they have exhaust systems of a type installed as standard factory equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on the particular vehicle as standard factory equipment was reintroduced.

Posted on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:08pm

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that employees may use their company e-mail accounts to discuss workplace issues, including union organization.

Posted on: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 6:54pm

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which directs how defense monies are to be spent in 2015.

Posted on: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 8:08am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to lower the ozone pollution standard limits to between 65 and 70 parts per billion rather than the current 75 parts per billion.

Posted on: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:19am

SEMA is opposing an effort by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish a recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) safety standard rather than rely on an industry standard issued by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Posted on: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:01am

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making low-interest loans available to companies producing fuel-efficient vehicles and the equipment that achieves efficiency gains.

Posted on: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 1:12pm

SEMA is providing free one-on-one meetings at the 2014 SEMA Show with experts on intellectual property and antitrust law, including an expert on resale and minimum advertised price (MAP) policies who can provide guidance and answer your questions.

Posted on: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:46pm

Visit the “Save the Salt” booth in the Central Hall (#24099) to see the Triumph Castrol Rocket.

Posted on: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:27am

While you’re at the 2014 SEMA Show, be sure to stop by the SEMA PAC booth to make your voice heard.

Posted on: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:19am

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 10, 2015.

Posted on: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 11:19am

President Obama designated 346,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles as a National Monument.

Posted on: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:58am

Automotive media personality and SEMA Action Network (SAN) member Courtney Hansen will return this year to sign limited-edition posters at the SAN’s SEMA Show display.

Posted on: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:39pm

Legislation (S.B. 1077) to establish an advisory committee to study a road-usage fee was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.

Posted on: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:28pm

As critical deadlines approach, whether you’re a business owner or employee, it’s vital that you understand the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.”

Posted on: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:48pm

To help safeguard your innovations and investment, a representative from the FBI and seasoned intellectual property attorneys will provide you with valuable insights in a one-hour seminar on protecting your patents, trademarks and copyrights in the United States and overseas. 

Posted on: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:05am

In the past, the creation of an Interest-Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC) has allowed U.S. manufacturers from a number of industries to greatly reduce the amount of tax paid on their exports—and the automotive industry has been no exception. For example, tax specialist alliantgroup recently helped one company that produces LED lights for a variety of motor vehicles receive $235,600 in tax savings on their exports. Another company that creates fabrics and composites for automotive applications was eligible to receive $539,000 in tax dollars for its IC-DISC.

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 3:20pm

A Florida man will serve jail time and is required to pay restitution for trafficked counterfeit goods.

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 3:14pm

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule requiring employers to report within eight hours when a worker has been killed on the job and within 24 hours when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 3:09pm

SEMA announced that its new member guide describing the process by which businesses can protect their intellectual property (IP) rights is now available online.

Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:10am

The Obama Administration is leading an international effort to voluntarily phase-out production and use of the coolant R-134a and other hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:08am

California has joined the state of Connecticut and at least 13 major cities nationwide in enacting legislation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

Posted on: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:04am

Working with members of the legislature, SEMA has decided to abandon a plan to offer a compromise to exhaust noise legislation.