Government Affairs News

Posted on: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 4:07pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has
established a new safety standard intended to prevent occupants from
being ejected through side windows during a vehicle rollover or
side-impact crash. Vehicle manufacturers will have flexibility in
determining how to meet the standard’s performance requirements.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 4:02pm

As Congress continues the lengthy debate to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year’s health care law, SEMA is again pushing for immediate action. SEMA President and CEO Christopher Kersting sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee requesting immediate consideration of proposed repeal legislation.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3:58pm

SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle-registration
classification for street rods and custom vehicles, including kits and
replicas, and provide for special license plates for these vehicles,
has been introduced in the New Mexico State Legislature. The bill
defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and
a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured
after 1948.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3:56pm

SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle-registration
classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for
special license plates for these vehicles has been reintroduced in the
Texas State Legislature. The bill defines a street rod as an altered
vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at
least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. 

Posted on: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3:51pm

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has officially withdrawn its
proposal (Chapter Trans 123) to prohibit the registration of imported
vehicles manufactured after 1967 that do not meet Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards (FMVSS). SEMA and the SEMA Action Network opposed the proposal.

Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:56pm

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdrew a
proposal to require employers with 10 or more workers to record certain
work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in their OSHA 300 Log. An
OSHA 300 Log is a record of work-related injuries and illnesses that
many employers are required to maintain.

Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:52pm

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy recently
released the 2010 edition of “The Small Business Economy,” which
reviews the overall economic environment for small businesses through
2009. While the report outlines a challenging economic environment,
there are also signs of improvement toward small-business growth.

Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:49pm

As a result of its promotion of the specialty-equipment industry on
Capitol Hill, SEMA has been invited to join the House Small Business
Committee’s influential “Manufacturing Working Group.” The Committee
has jurisdiction over matters related to small-business financial aid,
regulatory flexibility and paperwork reduction.

Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:46pm

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration
classification for street rods and custom vehicles has been introduced
in the Washington State Legislature. The bill defines a street rod as
an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered
vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:44pm

SEMA-model legislation has been reintroduced in Washington state to
prohibit cities or towns from enforcing an ordinance, development
regulation, zoning regulation or administrative practice that prevents
automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby.

Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:40pm

Legislation has been introduced in Connecticut to extend the emissions
inspection exemption to vehicles five-model-years old or newer. Current
law exempts vehicles that are four-model-years old or newer.

Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:38pm

SEMA is opposing Arkansas legislation that would allow cities to remove
inoperable vehicles from private property if the vehicle is deemed a
“nuisance” under a local ordinance.

Posted on: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:34pm

A SEMA-supported bill has been introduced in Arizona to exempt all
vehicles more than 25 years old, without condition, from the state’s
mandatory biennial emissions inspection and maintenance program.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 2:03pm

SEMA officials met with Peter Appel, administrator of the U.S.
Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology
Administration (RITA) to discuss vehicle-to-vehicle technology (V2V)
and other advanced auto electronics. SEMA is working with the RITA
leadership to promote the industry’s contributions to V2V
technologies. Connected vehicles have the potential to avoid crashes
and make the transportation grid more efficient.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:59pm

In 2003, a version of SEMA-model legislation to create an enforceable
motor vehicle exhaust noise standard was signed into law in Maine.
Prior to 2003, Maine deemed illegal all modifications that increased
noise levels above that emitted by the vehicle’s original muffler.
Under the SEMA model, an exhaust system modification is legal if it
results in a sound level of 95 decibels or less as measured by the
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) test standard J1169.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:56pm

A bill to provide that the noise from a motor-vehicle exhaust system
deemed “disturbing or unreasonably loud” constitutes the crime of
disturbing the peace has been reintroduced for consideration in the
West Virginia State Legislature. Under the bill, violators could be
fined up to $1,000 per occurrence, jailed for six months or both.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:54pm

SEMA-supported legislation has been reintroduced in the New York
Assembly to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time
registration fee of $100 upon initial registration. The reduced
registration fee would be available to owners of historical vehicles
owned and operated as an exhibition piece or collector’s item and used
for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional
transportation and similar uses.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:50pm

In another misguided attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
legislation has been reintroduced in the New York State Assembly to
establish a progressive purchase surcharge for some new motor vehicles
based on state calculations of carbon emissions.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:48pm

A SEMA-supported bill has been reintroduced in the Iowa Legislature to
allow ’64 or older motor vehicles to be registered as
“limited-mileage” antique vehicles for an annual fee of $10. Vehicle
owners taking advantage of this registration class are permitted to
drive these vehicles up to 2,500 miles annually.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:44pm

A bill has been introduced in the North Dakota State Legislature to
prohibit the modification of any motor vehicle that alters the
manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system unless the
state highway patrol issues an inspection certificate. Current law
permits modification if the equipment meets “SEMA standards.”

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:41pm

A version of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and
registration classification for specially constructed vehicles,
including kits and replicas, has been introduced in the Maryland House
of Delegates.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:29pm

Legislators around the country have been busy over the past month and,
consequently, so has SEMA’s government affairs office. Association
staff has plowed through thousands of bills and identified hundreds
that may be of interest to member companies. The most pressing of these
bills result in Action Alerts being shot out to members and highlighted
in SEMA News and the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) monthly publication, Driving Force.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 10:08am
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After an exciting competition late last year, the Street Performance Council (SPC) Select Committee earned the distinction of winning the 2010 SEMA Political Action Committee (PAC) Council Challenge. The contest ran between August and October, and the winner was the council Select Committee that was both 100% “PAC approved” and contributed the highest dollar amount.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 1:59pm

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama called for
repeal of the 1099 reporting requirement included in last year’s health
care legislation. SEMA has steadfastly opposed the burdensome rule that
will require businesses to issue 1099 reporting forms to all vendors
from whom they buy more than $600 of goods or services in any year,
beginning in 2012. Last year, SEMA joined with a number of other
business groups in an effort to repeal the measure. However, lawmakers
were unable to agree on how to fund the lost revenues.

Posted on: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 11:35am

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdrew a
SEMA-opposed plan that could have required companies to install
soundproofing materials to comply with noise standards. Employers may
currently meet the standard by providing workers with ear plugs or
headsets.

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