Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

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Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

In last Thursday’s webinar, “The U.S. and the World Economy: Will They Shift Forward?,” presenter William Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor at the Federal Bank of Chicago, addressed SEMA members’ growing concerns regarding the impact that current and future economic challenges will have on their businesses.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

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Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

Filler for eNews

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

Our industry has much at stake in this election. On November 4, 2008, voters will elect thousands of state and local leaders, 11 governors, 435 members of Congress, 35 senators and a new president. Each and every one of these elected officials has the ability to positively or negatively shape legislation affecting each of us, our company and our communities.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

President Bush signed into law the economic stabilization bill which included renewal of the research and development (R&D) tax credit, a top legislative priority for SEMA. The R&D tax credit was extended through 2009, retroactive to its expiration on December 31, 2007. The new law increases the alternative simplified credit from 12% to 14% for the 2009 tax year and repeals the alternative incremental research credit for the 2009 tax year.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

SEMA submitted comments to federal lawmakers defending continued use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) on federal lands in the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel region in Southern California. SEMA opposes legislation (H.R. 6156) to designate 475,000 acres of federal lands in Mono, Inyo and Los Angeles Counties as “wilderness.”

OHVs would be denied access to the land since motorized recreation is not permitted in a wilderness area. The bill was the topic of a hearing by a U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee. 

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to update the new performance tests for motorcycle helmets under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218. The NHTSA is proposing to strengthen the penetration, impact and retention tests.

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