Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 3:18pm

Automotive media personality Courtney Hansen will once again be the guest of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) at SEMA Ignited.

Posted on: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 8:37am

The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a ruling to allow vehicle owners to perform vehicle diagnosis, repair and modification without fear of prosecution under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:30am

Legislation has been introduced that would allow vehicles that display a Michigan historic vehicle plate or an authentic Michigan registration plate free access to state parks hosting a car show, classic car cruise or other similar event.

Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:26am

Legislation was introduced to require new-car dealers to provide purchasers a written statement declaring it is illegal for manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed or because someone other than the dealer performed service.

Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:14am

The next president will guide policies that impact your business and livelihood.

Posted on: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 3:06pm

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, October 15, 2015 - 2:58pm

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is debuting a homebuilt ’31 Ford Model A hot rod at their 2015 SEMA Show display.

Posted on: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 2:51pm

SEMA members have a unique opportunity to schedule a free one-on-one meeting with an expert on intellectual property rights.

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 3:22pm

New laws are changing the way patents should be pursued, and how you should view the patents of others.

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 3:17pm

Legislation to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by an overwhelming margin in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee for consideration.

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 3:13pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is lowering the ozone pollution standard limit to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from the current 75 ppb standard.

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 2:15pm

Visit the Save the Salt Booth in the Central Hall (#24099) of the 2015 SEMA Show to see the new Speed Demon.

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:44am

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to preserve 300,000 acres of the California desert for off-roading and expand OHV recreation areas by more than 60,000 acres. 

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:42am

The U.S. Congress passed legislation to relieve employers with 51 to 100 employees from additional burdens under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Posted on: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:43pm

After all the hard work of developing innovative new performance products, how do you legally get them into the market?

Posted on: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:46am

BonnevilleDeteriorating conditions and wet weather at the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) forced the Southern California Timing Association/Bonneville Nationals Inc. to cancel Speed Week. The event organizers were unable to identify more than 2¼ miles of salt suitable for a safe course. Speed Week began in 1949 and is the largest annual racing event held at the BSF, with hundreds of teams racing every type of vehicle, from hot rods, roadsters and belly tankers to motorcycles, lakesters and streamliners. The event was also cancelled in 2014 due to rain, which marked the first cancellation since the ’90s.

Posted on: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:45am

SEMA GarageFor many automotive specialty-equipment manufacturers, emissions certification is an essential step in developing and bringing new performance or engine-related products to market. In fact, emissions compliance is a legal requirement. It is illegal under both California and federal law to sell products that could impact emissions. However, parts makers can comply with these laws by proving that their products do not increase emissions and have been certified through the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Executive Order (E.O.) process. While this can seem expensive and confusing, especially to small manufacturers and industry newcomers, the SEMA Garage’s cutting-edge Emissions Compliance Center is here to help make the process easy and affordable.

Posted on: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 1:54pm

SEMA members have a unique opportunity to schedule a free one-on-one meeting with an expert on intellectual property rights (patent, trademarks, copyrights), tax credits or antitrust laws.

Posted on: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 1:42pm

In October 2015, the major credit card companies will shift liability for fraud onto merchants that do not make the switch from payment terminals that read magnetic strips to terminals equipped with electronic chip-reading technology.

Posted on: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:41am

Legislation to require manufacturers of designated consumer goods, including automotive products, to post ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:08am

The Save the Salt Coalition and Utah Alliance met with a variety of stakeholder groups on September 14 at the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) in Utah to discuss potential solutions for restoring the historic racing venue.

Posted on: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 12:22pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to allow manufacturers to meet warranty and labeling requirements for consumer products by providing warranty information online.

Posted on: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 6:23am

Protecting the intellectual property rights (IPR) of its members is a top SEMA priority.

Posted on: Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 1:01am

Governor Brown signed into law legislation amending how California enforces “Made in U.S.A.” labels.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 7:03pm

Factory Five ReplicasU.S. Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Gene Green (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low-volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide. Called the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 (H.R. 2675), the SEMA-supported bill would allow companies to construct up to 500 “replicas” per year. Those are cars that resemble another production vehicle manufactured at least 25 years ago.

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