Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:38pm

The Senate Finance Committee approved its version of a health care
overhaul, joining four other House and Senate Committees that have
already considered the legislation. The leadership will now merge the
measures into a single House and Senate bill to be debated on the floor
of each chamber during the next several weeks.

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 7:20pm

SEMA’s Government Affairs Office has compiled a comprehensive guide on
how motor-vehicle parts are regulated by the federal government: www.sema.org/federal-regulation-aftermarket-parts. It is a must-read document for every SEMA member.

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 7:20pm

Beginning January 1, 2010, the California Bureau of Automotive Repair
(BAR) will include light- and medium-duty, on-road diesel vehicles in
its smog-check program.

Posted on: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 7:15pm

SEMA’s Government Affairs Office has created a layperson's guide to
land-use issues that that explains how federal laws like the Wilderness
and Endangered Species Acts can close existing OHV roads and trails.

Posted on: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 7:15pm

Companies are now allowed to transfer monies for unused vacation or
sick-leave into a worker’s 401(k), Keogh or profit-sharing plan.

Posted on: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:01pm

As the healthcare debate continues, SEMA has urged lawmakers to pursue incremental reform, tackle the
root causes of skyrocketing premiums, preserve the private market, and
maintain fiscal responsibility.

Posted on: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:01pm

SEMA joined with a number of other associations in forming the
“Permanent Estate Tax Relief Now Coalition," urging Congress to pass legislation which makes permanent the current
exemption rate of $3.5 million/individual, or $7 million/couple.

Posted on: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 10:46pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denied a
five-year-old petition to harmonize the headlamp lighting standards for
Europe and the United States.

Posted on: Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 6:35pm

According to a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), antilock brake systems have been effective in
preventing crashes, especially when combined with an electronic
stability control (ESC) system. Nevertheless, the report contains an unexplained rise in accidents in which an ABS-equipped vehicle “ran off the road.”

Posted on: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 12:21am

U.S. Representative Bill Posey has been passionate about cars all his life, and he has been a friend to SEMA and auto enthusiasts.

Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 7:31pm

SEMA responded to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s
(NHTSA) proposal to establish a tire fuel efficiency rating system,
recommending that the agency provide an exemption from reporting
requirements for limited-production tire manufacturers.

Posted on: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:22pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a
final rule to clarify that no horn marking is required unless the horn
control is situated in a location other than in the middle of the
steering wheel.

Posted on: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:22pm

SEMA members can stay up-to-date on all the current state legislation
affecting the specialty equipment industry by visiting the SEMA Action
Network at www.semasan.com.

Posted on: Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:23pm

A version of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration
classification for street rods, replicas and custom vehicles was signed
into law by North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue.

Posted on: Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:23pm

Providing SEMA members with access to affordable insurance is our top
legislative priority. Now is the time for members to contact their
elected officials in support of reforms to stabilize and reduce costs.

Posted on: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 7:02pm

The Oregon House and Senate approved an alternative to legislation that
originally sought to prohibit the sale and distribution of aftermarket
motor vehicle parts if alternatives are available that “decrease
greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.”

Posted on: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 7:03pm

SEMA has formed a health care advisory group to help formulate the
association’s position on the issues confronting the Congress as it
debates various reform proposals.

Posted on: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 7:03pm

SEMA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) opposing an application to allow the ethanol content of gasoline
to increase to 15% (from 10%).

Posted on: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 7:03pm

The $1 billion vehicle scrappage program authorized under the “Consumer
Assistance to Recycle and Save Act” (CARS) began on July 24. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a rule on
how the program will operate.

Posted on: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 7:03pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a
final rule aimed at improving the stopping distance for large trucks by
30%.

Posted on: Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 6:07pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added 128 substances
to the list of chemicals sometimes found in aerosol paints that emit
volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Posted on: Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 6:07pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark legislation to
establish national limits on greenhouse gases and an emissions credit
trading system.

Posted on: Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 6:07pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will
grant a waiver to California to allow the state to regulate greenhouse
gas emissions from cars and trucks.

Posted on: Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 6:07pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denied a
longstanding petition by General Motors that the agency mandate
installation of daytime running lamps (DRLs) on all new light-duty
vehicles.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 9:49pm

Not all of SEMA’s work with the United States Congress takes place on Capitol Hill. Sometimes the best grassroots relationship-building occurs when SEMA members invite members of Congress and their staff to meet on the home turf.

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