Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:29am

Legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania to exempt from emissions
inspections those vehicles registered in fifth-class counties with a
population of less than 116,500 residents.

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

Legislation containing a SEMA-drafted amendment to totally exempt from
the license tax all vehicles and parts cars stored on private property
for the purpose of restoration or repair was signed into law by Governor
Bob McDonnell.

Posted on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:21pm

SEMA-supported legislation to allow the owner of a motor vehicle
trailer, semi-trailer 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
Highways and Transportation Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:18pm

Working with a group of Maine businesses, SEMA successfully opposed
legislation that would have required the State Police to authorize a
person to modify a vehicle by lifting its suspension.

Posted on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:06pm

Collector Car Appreciation Day will be here sooner than you think! The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is maintaining and publicizing a list of scheduled events to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile.

Posted on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 3:08pm

As part of a broad effort to achieve comprehensive tax reform, the draft
“Tax Reform Act of 2013” has been released by the House Ways and Means
Committee to simplify the tax code for small businesses and spur job
creation.

Posted on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 8:40am

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated its Form I-9, which is used to verify the authorized work status of new hires.

Posted on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 8:23am

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have introduced
SEMA-supported legislation to reopen Cape Hatteras National Seashore to
off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.

Posted on: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:32pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has analyzed
real-world crash data to determine if LED stop lamps and center
high-mounted stop lamps are more beneficial than incandescent lamps at
preventing rear-impact collisions.

Posted on: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:28pm

Legislation to disallow the use of year-of-manufacture license plates after July 1, 2013, has been introduced in Connecticut.

Posted on: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:22pm

SEMA is supporting legislation to approve a regulation allowing off-road
vehicles to operate on trails included in the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation
Area. These trails are currently restricted to ATVs, dune buggy-type
vehicles (referred to as "utility terrain vehicles" or "UTVs") and
motorcycles.

Posted on: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:19pm

SEMA-opposed legislation to impose a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on
state motorists has been introduced in Texas. Under the bill, the
amount of the VMT tax would vary by vehicle type.

Posted on: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:14pm

Legislation to repeal the requirement that retail dealers, nonretail
dealers or wholesale dealers of gasoline sell only gasoline blended with
a specified percentage of ethanol has been introduced in Oregon.

Posted on: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 2:35pm

West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell has introduced a concurrent
resolution urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke
its decision to allow the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15) until
there is clear and convincing scientific evidence that El5 does not pose
a risk to any gasoline-powered vehicle or equipment.

Posted on: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 2:28pm

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for
registration as “antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles” or
“modified antique motor vehicles” has been reintroduced in the
Connecticut State Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 2:25pm

Legislation to exempt from emissions inspections those vehicles that
have not yet reached their 10th model year was denied approval by the
Colorado Senate Transportation Committee on a 3–1 vote.

Posted on: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:04am

So far this year, thousands of new legislative initiatives have been
introduced across the United States and Canada, hundreds of which are
being closely tracked and analyzed by SEMA and its SEMA Action Network
(SAN). We’ve already had several early successes with plenty more on the
horizon. As a result of its dedicated following, the SAN remains the
premier hobbyist network of its kind.

Posted on: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:56am

A U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing
to examine the scientific, technical and consumer impact of gasoline
with 15% ethanol (E15). The hearing focused on the potential negative
impact of E15 on engines, components and fuel-delivery systems.

Posted on: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:53pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will now permit tire
factory scraps and blemished tires (off-specification tires) to be
burned as fuel rather than treated as solid waste.

Posted on: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:50pm

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama urged Congress to
enact comprehensive tax reform legislation designed to simplify the tax
code, close loopholes and lower business tax rates.

Posted on: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:47pm

Legislation to require the issuance of a single motor-vehicle license
plate for attachment at the rear of the vehicle was introduced in the
Texas House Of Representatives.

Posted on: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:45pm

Legislation has been introduced in Hawaii to reduce annual registration
fees and state vehicle weight tax for antique motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:42pm

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in West Virginia to
exempt motor vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles, airplanes,
trucks and tractors that are older than 25 years from personal property
taxes.

Posted on: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:39pm

Legislation containing a SEMA-drafted amendment to totally exempt from
the license tax all vehicles and parts cars stored on private property
for the purpose of restoration or repair was approved by the Virginia
State Legislature and will now be sent to the governor for his signature
and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:03am

SEMA is supporting legislation (S. 344) introduced in the U.S. Senate to
ban the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol. The bill would
overturn actions taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
two years ago to permit ethanol levels to rise from 10% (E10) to 15%
(E15).

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