SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 12, March 20, 2014

West Virginia Legislation Dies as Legislature Adjourns for the Year

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Five pro-hobby bills introduced in West Virginia in 2014 failed to be approved by both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session.

Several pro-hobby bills introduced in West Virginia in 2014 failed to be approved by both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session.

  • Legislation (H.B. 2443) to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with an exemption from all taxation and fees was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee and referred to the Judiciary Committee where it did not receive committee consideration before the session concluded.
  • Based on SEMA-model legislation, a bill (H.B. 2127) that would have allowed West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was not given committee consideration.
  • Legislation (H.B. 4233) to provide that a motor vehicle that has been started by use of a remote starter when the vehicle is locked is not an “unattended vehicle” and not in violation of the law was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee, but died in the Judiciary Committee.
  • Legislation (H.B. 4265) to provide for the issuance of special plates for use on collector vehicles and allow for the transfer of the special plates temporarily between the collector motor vehicles owned by the collector was not given committee consideration.
  • Legislation (S.B. 222) to exempt motor vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles, airplanes, trucks and tractors that are older than 25 years from personal property taxes was not given committee consideration.

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

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