SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 9, March 4, 2010

SEMA Keeps You Current on Legislative Action in the States

 

  Driving Force
  Driving Force includes updates on legislation that can affect the industry. For a more detalied look at the bills that can become laws tomorrow, visit the SEMA Action Network website.

Legislators around the country have been busy over the past couple of months and, consequently, so has SEMA’s government affairs office. Association staff has plowed through thousands of bills and identified hundreds that may be of interest to member companies. The most pressing of these bills result in Action Alerts being shot out to members and highlighted in SEMA News and the SEMA Action Network’s monthly publication, Driving Force.

Given limited print space however, SEMA has expanded this bill-tracking effort into an online compilation provided at no cost, 24/7, on the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website, www.semasan.com. Along the left-hand column of the SAN website you will find, in red underlined letters, the words “MY HOBBY.”

Simply find your industry niche in the list, click once and you are transported to a list of legislation pertaining to your market’s interests. For a wider range of issues affecting states in which you do business, simply follow the same steps in the lower box entitled “MY STATE” to view a regularly updated resource on legislation in specific areas.

Some of the bills listed on the site will never progress past introduction; others will go on to become the laws of tomorrow. The period following a bill’s introduction is critical to its success or failure. It is at this time, immediately following introduction, that SEMA aims to inform members and enthusiasts and encourage their participation in the legislative process through e-mails and phone calls to state representatives. Such correspondence has a proven and direct impact on the decisions of legislators.

We encourage you to visit www.semasan.com. The information on this site will provide you with the tools you need to help effect real change, protect the industry from detrimental state laws and proactively support favorable ones.

Please contact Ashley Ailsworth at ashleya@sema.org if you have any questions. She would be happy to provide you with the bill’s full text, current status and committee information.

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