Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 7:08pm

Amidst a difficult economic environment and increased gridlock in
Washington, D.C., and in state capitols across the country, the SEMA
Action Network (SAN) continues to influence positive legislative action
for automotive hobbyists and small businesses serving the
specialty-equipment industry with recent achievements that include a
pro-hobby provision in the popular "Cash for Clunkers" bill.

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 7:08pm

Ernie Silvers, chief executive officer of Egge Machine Co., will be
honored in a ceremony recognizing the contributions of small business
to the state of California. Egge Machine, a SEMA member, was chosen to
receive the recognition by State Assemblymember Tony Mendoza.
California Small Business Day "A Salute to Small Business" will take
place at the Sacramento Convention Center on Tuesday, May 25.

Posted on: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 6:59pm

Companies that purchase health care insurance and have less than 25
employees may be able to claim a tax credit. The credit varies according to
size and average wages.

Posted on: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:03pm

SEMA is opposing legislation to raise the registration fee on
antiques, street rods and special-interest vehicles in Kansas.

Posted on: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:03pm

A bill targeted for defeat by SEMA to ban the “use and sale of any
exhaust pipe that increases the sound emission of any vehicle including
motorcycles” was set aside for study by the legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:03pm

New cars with automatic transmissions must now be equipped with an
interlock device that requires the brake pedal be pressed before the
driver can shift the transmission out of “park." The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration took the action in response to a law
passed in 2008 designed to protect children from vehicle rollaways in
which a car is inadvertently shifted into neutral or another gear.

The
new requirement applies to all passenger cars and light trucks weighing
10,000 pounds or less and takes effect on September 1, 2010.

Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 10:34pm

United States Congressman John Campbell took time from his busy schedule in January to meet with SEMA members at an event hosted by Hillbank Motor Corporation in Irvine, California.

Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 7:32pm

Legislation that originally sought to prohibit public road use of a motor vehicle equipped to supply the engine with nitrous oxide was approved by the Mississippi Legislature and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 7:32pm

California legislation (A.B. 1740) to eliminate the requirement that
specially constructed vehicle registrations be limited to only the
first 500 vehicles per year was not approved by the Transportation
Committee on March 22. However, a modified version of the bill will be
reconsidered by the committee on April 5, 2010.

Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 7:32pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) moved closer
to establishing a consumer information system to rate the fuel economy,
safety and durability characteristics of most replacement tires.

Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 7:32pm

President Obama signed into law a $40 million investment in a U.S.
Small Business Administration (SBA) program that should spur $1.4
billion in small business loans.

Posted on: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 6:35pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate’s version of health
care legislation by a partisan vote of 219-212. President Obama signed
the bill mandating health care coverage for most Americans into law.

Posted on: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 6:35pm

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation that would
create an exemption to allow companies to market collision repair parts
without infringing a design patent. A design patent covers the
ornamental design for an object having practical utility for a 14-year
term.

Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:12pm

California Assemblymember Tony Mendoza, born in South Central Los Angeles, is the second youngest of nine children. As a young man living in a single-parent home, he witnessed firsthand the struggles of working families and the opportunities that a good education provides. [Read More]

Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:12pm

The U.S. Senate passed a SEMA-supported bill to extend various expiring
tax credits and deductions, including the Research and Development (R&D) Tax
Credit. The House of Representatives passed a different version of the
$140 billion bill last December.

Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:12pm

SEMA-opposed legislation to provide that the noise from a motor-vehicle
exhaust system that has been deemed “disturbing or unreasonably loud”
constitutes the crime of disturbing the peace is dead for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:12pm

The House Resources Committee held a hearing on the “Colorado
Wilderness Act,” a bill to designate 850,000 acres in 34 separate areas
as wilderness.

Posted on: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 8:28pm

Congress passed a SEMA-supported $16 billion “jobs bill” which is
intended to expand the American workforce. Pending a final procedural vote by the Senate, the bill will be sent to President Obama to be signed into law.

Posted on: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 8:28pm

SEMA defeated a Utah bill that sought to ban most aftermarket exhaust systems.

Posted on: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 8:28pm

SEMA members can help raise awareness of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) by placing a SAN logo link to www.SEMASAN.com on your website.

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:10pm

Legislators around the country have kept busy authoring bills that could impact the specialty-equipment industry. Here's how to stay updated and ensure that representatives hear your voice.

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:10pm

A U.S. Department of the Interior document indicates that the agency
plans to designate 14 new or expanded national monuments in the western
United States. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar provided subsequent
assurances that the plans were preliminary and that the Obama
Administration would not bypass input from the local communities,
governors and Congress if the plans move forward.

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:10pm

The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator has requested
public comments on how to shape an intellectual property (IP)
enforcement strategy which unifies all of the federal government’s
resources towards a common goal.

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:10pm

SEMA is opposing legislation in the Michigan legislature that threatens to change the $30 registration fee for historic motor vehicles (renewable every 15 years) to an annual fee.

Posted on: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 8:46pm

A substitute bill to ban the use of most aftermarket exhaust systems
has been introduced in the Utah Legislature and passed by the Senate
Transportation Committee.

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