Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:50am

President Obama has designated three new national monuments located in California’s Mojave Desert.

Posted on: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:46am

In response to a request made by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study on the interplay between copyright law and consumer products that contain software, including motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 2:10pm

SEMA-opposed legislation that would have required manufacturers of designated consumer products, including automotive products, to post ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website was defeated in the California State Assembly.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 3:28pm

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed revisions to its portable fuel container (PFC) rules.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 3:24pm

In an effort to protect U.S. companies against intellectual property theft, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that enables companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intellectual Property Subcommittee held a hearing on a bill that would reduce the length of design patents for automotive crash parts from 14 years to 30 months, including those previously issued.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:58am

Thanks to the efforts of Delegate Gary Howell, a West Virginia House Concurrent Resolution (H.C.R. 14) has been introduced to designate the second Friday in July as West Virginia Collector Car Appreciation Day.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:55am

SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced for the 2016 legislative session.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:50am

Legislation has been introduced in the Idaho State Senate to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:47am

Legislation has been reintroduced in Iowa to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:39am

A version of SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:09am

In a conversation with the Maryland State Police, SEMA has learned that legislation to revise the state’s historic vehicle registration requirements is only intended to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment-repair orders.

Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 10:49am

Legislation to subject historic vehicles of model year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections will be considered by the House Environment and Transportation Committee on January 28, 2016.

Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 2:26pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a SEMA-supported bill to reduce burdensome regulations on business owners and job creators.

Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 10:50am

Participate in the SEMA Washington Rally (Wednesday, May 11) to connect with legislators on Capitol Hill and let them know what matters most to you and your business.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 11:27am

The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a new plan for regulating off-highway vehicle (OHV) access to the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 11:19am

As a result of its 2015 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a warning to Alibaba requiring the global e-commerce company take steps to address counterfeiting or face relisting on the Notorious Markets List.

Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:44am

SEMA has created a new website resource to answer basic questions about the new federal law allowing low-volume automakers to sell turn-key replica cars to their customers.

Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:14am

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a tax cut package that would make several SEMA-supported tax credits permanent rather than extending them for one or two years, often retroactively.

Posted on: Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 10:58am

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing to add crash-avoidance technology and pedestrian protection to its five-star New Car Assessment Program starting in model-year ’19.

Posted on: Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 9:30am

The highway transportation bill signed into law by the president includes several provisions covering tires.

Posted on: Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 9:12am

It’s a new era for the kit-car industry. President Obama signed into law legislation that will permit low-volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide.

Posted on: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 4:04pm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final targets for the amount of ethanol to be blended into gasoline in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Posted on: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 3:59pm

SEMA has created a new website resource to help the motorsports community understand state and federal law governing trailers and tow vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:54am

Performance Racing Industry (PRI) magazine Editor Dan Schechner will moderate a panel of industry experts in a discussion of the current state of land-speed racing.

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