Law & Order

West Virginia Motorsport Responsibility Act Signed Into Law

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

West Virginia MotorsportWest Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed into law the SEMA-supported Motorsport Responsibility Act, which defines areas of responsibility and assumed risks for both participants and recreational and commercial motorsports facilities. This key legislation was spearheaded by State Automotive Enthusiast Caucus members, including Del. Paul Espinosa and Sen. Mark Maynard. Caucus Chairman Emeritus Del. Gary Howell also served as a cosponsor of the bill.

Motorsports venues and recreational areas are major contributors to the West Virginia economy. Clearly defining the obligations and responsibilities—for both participants and race tracks—will reduce liability insurance premiums and make the state more enticing for racers, promoters, and future facilities.

In February, representatives from SEMA and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI), and other members of West Virginia’s motorsports community, traveled to Charleston to raise awareness and advocate for the bill with state lawmakers.

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