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Backyard Vehicle Restoration Jobs Again Under Siege in West Virginia

For the fourth 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 bill 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. 

Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles Introduced in Tennessee

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in the Tennessee State Legislature that would amend the state’s current law defining antique motor vehicles to permit use of these vehicles for general transportation purposes. 

Under current Tennessee law, use of antique vehicles is strictly limited to club activities, exhibits, tours and for general transportation only on Saturday and Sunday.

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New Law Contains Billions in Tax Breaks for Your Business and Workers

President Obama signed into law the $787 billion stimulus bill intended to jump-start the nation’s economy (a bill that, thanks to the persuasive efforts of SEMA members and SEMA Action Network [SAN] enthusiasts, did not include a “Cash for Clunkers” program). About 35% of the money is dedicated to tax relief for individuals and businesses, while the rest will be spent on a variety of programs ranging from infrastructure construction to expanded unemployment benefits.

New York Opens Legislative Session With a Flurry of Activity

Historic Vehicle Registration: Legislation (A.B. 2658) has been reintroduced in the New York Assembly to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration. The bill has been referred to the New York Assembly Transportation Committee for consideration. The $100 one-time fee would replace the current annual fee of $23. For more information, click here.

$.02 Postage Increase Begins May 11

The cost of a first-class stamp will rise by $.02, to $.44, starting on May 11, 2009. Under a 2006 law, annual postal increases may not exceed the rate of inflation (3.8% for 2008). Annual price adjustments for first-class mail and periodicals occur in May. Increases for other shipping services occur in January.

The following is a summary of select new prices:

Virginia Withdraws Bill to Restrict Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicles

The sponsor for SEMA-opposed legislation to allow the city of Newport News to adopt a more restrictive inoperable vehicle ordinance has withdrawn the bill from consideration by the Virginia Legislature. Under the bill, the city could have adopted an ordinance prohibiting any person from keeping more than one inoperable motor vehicle on private property except within a fully enclosed building.

Massachusetts Governor Vetoes SEMA-Model Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill

Governor Deval Patrick “pocket vetoed” SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles after he failed to sign the bill within 10 days of receiving it. SEMA has pledged to work to resolve concerns raised by the governor and his administration so that the bill may be revived in 2009.

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