The 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 all relevant state and federal legislation and regulations and advocate for industry positions to ensure the best possible outcome for SEMA’s membership. The following are a few examples of critical legislative/regulatory issues addressed by the SEMA government affairs team over the past year.
The 2018 midterm elections are just around the corner, and your support for SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) is critical. During the 2018 SEMA Show, you can stand up for your industry by backing SEMA PAC and the lawmakers who back you.
Louisiana—Military Surplus Vehicles: Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law a bill allowing military surplus motor vehicles to be registered and operated in the state. There was no such allowance under previous law.
Michigan—Towing Restriction: Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill to allow for the attachment of a tow ball, bicycle rack, removable hitch or any other device designed to carry an object on the rear of a vehicle, even if it obstructs the rear license plate.
If you manufacture emissions-related aftermarket parts for highway vehicles, those parts will likely need to be tested to confirm that vehicles still meet applicable clean-air standards after the parts have been installed. Here is what you need to know:
Maryland—Off-Highway Vehicles: Governor Larry Hogan signed into law a bill to establish an off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail fund to maintain and construct OHV trails on land that is owned or leased by the Department of Natural Resources. There was no specific fund related to OHV trails previously.
Proposition 65 is a California law that gives consumers and their attorneys the ability to sue businesses that do not include warning labels on products containing chemicals associated with cancer and birth defects. If you are already familiar with the labeling requirements of Prop. 65, you know that it can be difficult to comply with the law and that compliance can be costly. It’s about to become worse. Products manufactured after August 30, 2018, will be subjected to updated regulations with more onerous labeling requirements. This article outlines what you need to know about the new requirements.
Presidential elections get all the attention. Frankly, that’s understandable. Between the primaries and the general election, the race for president boils down to a years-long national popularity contest featuring some of the biggest personalities on the planet. Eventually, two candidates emerge and partake in an all-out sprint to the finish. They flood the airwaves, dominate the news and even send their proxies to your front door, all to win your affection and, they hope, your vote. However, that’s only half the story. Midterm elections take place in even years when there are no candidates vying to be the next leader of the free world. While those races don’t receive nearly the same amount of attention, they are just as important.
More than 110 representatives from SEMA gathered in the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2018 Washington Rally. Industry leaders stormed the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of motorsports and the automotive specialty-equipment industry.
Some forms of competition are won quickly by an all-out sprint. Others require endurance to cross the finish line first. It’s certainly no surprise to the automotive community that the nation’s legislative turf continues to be more akin to a rock-crawling competition than a quarter-mile drag race. Issues important to the automotive specialty-equipment marketplace continue to jockey for position at the federal and state levels throughout the United States.