Law & Order
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.
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.
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.
A substitute bill to ban the use of most aftermarket exhaust systems
has been introduced in the Utah Legislature and passed by the Senate
Legislation that would have expanded the definition of “abandoned motor
vehicle” to include vehicles that were left unattended for more than
six hours on private property without valid plates, title or permit
will not be considered in the 2010 legislative session.
SEMA again helped turn back legislation in the Washington Legislature
that would have implemented a vehicle scrappage program for passenger
vehicles more than 15-years old.
A SEMA-supported bill in the West Virginia Legislature to provide
owners of antique motor vehicles with a reduced personal property tax
assessment has been passed by the Roads and Transportation Committee.
SEMA is supporting a bill in the Oklahoma Legislature to reduce the
annual registration fee for vehicles 25 years old and older to $5. Under current law, these vehicles are assessed at a rate of $15 per
According to Kansas legislators, support for a SEMA-opposed bill that
would allow cities to enforce “nuisance abatement” procedures by
notifying affected property owners by use of first-class mail instead
of certified mail (with a return receipt) has been withdrawn.