Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 8:29am

The U.S. House of Representatives passed SEMA-supported legislation to renew the research and development (R&D) tax credit, which expired at the end of 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 3:46pm

House and Senate versions of legislation (H.B. 7075/S.B. 1186) to establish a pilot program to study the feasibility of implementing a system that charges drivers based on vehicle miles traveled died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 3:43pm

SEMA-supported legislation to include trucks more than 25 years old (regardless of weight) in the definition of eligible “antique motor vehicles” was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan.

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 3:39pm

Legislation to repeal the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the House and Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:12am

The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its hazardous chemical labeling requirements by adopting the international Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:06am

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is considering several bills to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:02am

SEMA-supported legislation (HR 999; S 1040) has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study requirements proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:00am

Legislation to prohibit the use, sale or installation of an exhaust system “that has been changed or modified from the factory design so as to increase the volume or audibility of the explosions within the vehicle’s motor” died for the year when the legislature adjourned.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:27am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is presenting a free webinar May 21, 2015, to identify resources to help applicants secure legal representation and assistance with patent filings.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:24am

Legislation to allow the issuance, at the option of the vehicle owner, of only a single rear-mounted license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:16am

Legislation to amend the law regarding ethanol-blended gasoline to provide that a sales and distribution prohibition would take effect if only three other states had enacted similar laws was not approved by the Joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:12am

A bill that originally sought to increase the population of vehicles prohibited from modifying the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system was heavily amended, approved by the North Dakota State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:10am

Legislation to repeal the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by a conference committee comprised of members from the House and Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:08am

Compromise legislation to allow the issuance of only a single license plate to historic vehicles and street rods was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:04am

Legislation to require manufacturers of designated consumer products, including automotive products, to post ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website was approved by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on an 8–6 vote.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:00am

The Senate version of a bill to amend the California law governing “Made in U.S.A.” labeling will be considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Posted on: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:44am

Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated this year on July 10, 2015.

Posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 1:25pm

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language that prohibits until 2025 the Interior Department from making a decision on whether to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 1:21pm

Legislation to ease the burden on hobbyists by requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, upon the owner’s request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled under Vermont law was amended and approved by the Vermont House.

Posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 1:20pm

Legislation that once threatened to increase annual motor vehicle registration fees by $25 was signed into law by Governor Butch Otter.

Posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 1:17pm

Legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars was pending on the floor of the Senate when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:50am

SEMA-opposed legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:47am

Compromise legislation to allow the issuance of only a single license plate to historic vehicles and street rods was approved by the House and Senate and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:42am

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade Subcommittee passed legislation targeting “patent trolls” that defraud unsuspecting businesses by falsely asserting patent rights.

Posted on: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:36am

The U.S. Department of Interior’s decision not to place the bi-state sage grouse on the Endangered Species list is welcome news to off-road enthusiasts.

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