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BACKYARD VEHICLE RESTORATION JOBS AGAIN UNDER SIEGE IN WEST VIRGINIA

For the third time, a bill has been introduced in the West Virginia State Legislature that would further restrict the ability of West Virginia vehicle hobbyists from maintaining inoperable vehicles on private property. The measure would redefine “abandoned motor vehicles” to include vehicles or vehicle parts which are either unlicensed or inoperable, or both, are not in an enclosed building, and have remained on private property for more than 30 days.

PRO-HOBBYIST INOPERABLE VEHICLE BILL INTRODUCED IN UTAH

SEMA-model legislation has been introduced in the Utah State Legislature that would exempt certain owners or occupants of land in a municipality from ordinances or land-use regulations that prevent automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby. Junked, wrecked or inoperable vehicles, including parts cars, stored on private property would only need to be maintained out of ordinary public view.

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PRO-HOBBYIST “SHOW CAR” BILL INTRODUCED IN PENNSYLVANIA

A version of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for “show cars” and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was introduced and referred to the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee for consideration.

The bill would permit show cars to be driven up to 5,000 per year and would exempt them from the state’s new enhanced vehicle-inspection program.

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VERMONT INTRODUCES BILL TO IMPLEMENT VEHICLE SCRAPPAGE PROGRAM

A bill has been introduced in the Vermont State Senate that would implement a vehicle scrappage program and finance it with a progressive purchase and use tax and higher registration fees for some new motor vehicles based on fuel-efficiency ratings. Funds collected under the program would be used dismantle vehicles deemed by the state to be “clunkers,” regardless of their historical value or collector interest. 

ENVIRONMENT CANADA THREATENS LEADED FUEL BAN ON COMPETITION MOTOR VEHICLES

The Department of the Environment has issued a proposal to terminate the current exemption from environmental restrictions for leaded gasoline used in competition motor vehicles. If approved, the regulation would require a ban on vehicles using leaded fuel by January 1, 2009, resulting in the likely demise of all international drag racing competition in Canada.

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For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

PRO-INDUSTRY BILL TO RECOGNIZE STREET RODS/CUSTOM VEHICLES INTRODUCED IN OHIO

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration and titling classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles will be considered by the Ohio Infrastructure, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs Committee. Introduced by State Representatives John Hagan and Kenny Yuko, the measure defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

WYOMING REINTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO RECOGNIZE STREET RODS/CUSTOM VEHICLES

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was reintroduced in the Wyoming Legislature. This is the same bill that was approved by the full Wyoming House of Representatives and the Senate Transportation Committee in 2007.

PRO-INDUSTRY CUSTOM-VEHICLE BILL INTRODUCED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE; COMMITTEE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 17

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle-registration classification for custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles will be considered by the New Hampshire Transportation Committee on Thursday, January 17. Introduced by State Representative Mike Reuschel, H.B. 1358 defines a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

SEMA-SUPPORTED CAFE COMPROMISE PASSED BY HOUSE

The U.S. House of Representatives approved SEMA-supported legislation to increase the nation’s fuel-economy standards. If signed into law, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards for passenger cars and light trucks would rise by 40% to an industry average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. SEMA worked with the automakers and other industry associations as part of the CAFE Coalition to help negotiate a compromise approach that would allow carmakers to reach a fair and attainable standard.

GOVERNMENT UPDATES I-9 FORM VERIFYING WORKER ELIGIBILITY

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently revised the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9), which all employers must complete when hiring a worker in the United States. Key to the revision is the removal of five documents for proof of identity and employment eligibility: Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-570); Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570); Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151); the unexpired Reentry Permit (Form I-327); and the unexpired Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571).

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