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Texas Street Rod and Replica Vehicle Bill Fails to Receive Vote in House of Representatives; Hope Remains!

SEMA-model legislation (H.B. 2412) to create a vehicle registration
classification for street rods, custom vehicles and replicas and
provide for special license plates for these vehicles did not receive a
vote by the Texas House of Representatives before the legislature’s
crossover deadline.

Too Big to Get a Small-Business Loan? Think Again…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has temporarily expanded the size requirements for SBA-backed 7(a) loans in order to help insert more liquidity into the marketplace. The SBA estimates that more than 70,000 small businesses across the country will be eligible for new loans between now and the time the program ends on September 30, 2010, including many auto-sector businesses.

Industry Braces for Strengthened Car Roofs

After years of debate, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revised the vehicle roof strength rule, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 216. The new standard will require manufacturers to design vehicle roofs that withstand at least three times the weight of a light-duty vehicle (up to 6,000 lbs.) during a two-sided roof strength test. The current standard, which had remained unchanged since 1971, requires the roof to support at least 1.5 times the vehicle weight when tested on one side only.

EPA Takes First Step Towards Regulating Greenhouse Gases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a finding that high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions endanger the health and welfare of current and future generations of Americans. The decision comes nearly two years after the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA has the authority and duty to consider regulating CO2 emissions.

The Court’s intervention was sought since carbon dioxide is a natural chemical rather than a traditional “pollutant” subject to EPA oversight.

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