SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 13, March 26, 2015

West Virginia Legislation Dies for the Year as Legislature Adjourns

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Several bills introduced in West Virginia in 2015 failed to be approved by both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session.

Several bills introduced in West Virginia in 2015 failed to be approved by both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session.

  • A House Concurrent Resolution to designate the second Friday in July as West Virginia Collector Car Appreciation Day was approved by the full House of Delegates, but stalled in the Senate.
  • Based on SEMA model legislation, a bill 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 to eliminate the requirement that roof-mounted off-road light bars be covered when vehicles are operated on roads and highways was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee and referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it did not receive committee consideration before the session concluded. The bill also would have allowed owners of vehicles to install or use such lighting devices without obtaining approval from the Commissioner of Highways.
  • Legislation to make it a criminal offense to disturb the peace with "noise from an exhaust system of any vehicle that is not equipped or constructed so as to prevent any disturbing or unreasonably loud noise" was not given committee consideration. The offense would have come with a fine of up to $1,000 per occurrence and six months in jail.
  • Legislation to make the minimum appraised value of a motor vehicle $700 and the appraised value of an antique motor vehicle $5,000 for purposes of property taxes did not receive committee consideration.
  • Legislation to exempt all motor vehicles from personal property taxes did not receive committee consideration.
  • Legislation to provide that the appraised value of an antique motor vehicle is no more than $3,000 for purposes of property taxes did not receive committee consideration.
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