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Law & OrderOutgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have allowed for the registration of a “military surplus vehicle” as an “historic vehicle.” “Historic vehicle” means a vehicle that is more than 25 years old, owned solely as a collector’s item and for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades and similar uses, including mechanical testing, but not used for general transportation. Use of the vehicle during the month of August in each year is considered an exhibition. In announcing his decision to veto the legislation, Governor Snyder explained that military surplus vehicles were not manufactured for on-road use and should be restricted to off-road purposes.

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Law and Order Year in ReviewThe laws and regulations that govern how SEMA members do business have a continuous impact on the way automotive specialty-equipment products are made, distributed and marketed. The charge of the SEMA government affairs office is to stay on top of relevant state and federal legislation and regulations and advocate for industry positions to ensure the best possible outcome for SEMA membership. The following are just a few examples of critical legislative/regulatory successes the SEMA government affairs team was involved in this year.

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Missouri Historic TrailersMissouri Historic Trailers: A bill was approved by the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee to allow a camping or fifth-wheel trailer more than 25 years old to be permanently registered for a $25 fee. The bill also allows those possessing a year-of-manufacture license plate more than 25 years old to use the plate as an historic trailer plate if the configuration of letters and numbers has not been issued to someone else. Under the bill, the owner of the historic trailer must keep the certificate of registration in the trailer at all times. Having already been approved by the House, the bill will now be considered in a vote by the full Senate.

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Law and OrderIndiana Off-Highway Trails: A bill was approved by the Indiana House and Senate and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence to allow the operator of a non-registered off-road vehicle or a snowmobile from another state or country to purchase a trail-use tag to operate on designated trails and properties.

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Law & OrderMaryland Historic Vehicles: A proposal that originally appeared to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections was amended and approved by the Maryland House. The amended bill now specifically excludes historic vehicles from the requirement that they receive an inspection certificate prior to titling and registration. The bill subjects only historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment repair orders. The measure will next be considered by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

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