The SEMA Action Network (SAN) recently released its list of the best and worst automotive bills proposed by state legislatures in 2011. Not all of these laws were passed and those that weren’t could be reintroduced in future sessions, according to SAN. The 10 best bills, according to SAN, were:
1. Washington S.B. 5586: Prohibits cities or towns from restricting inoperable vehicles, including parts cars, stored on private property if screened from public view. Bill wasn’t enacted into law.
2. New York A.B. 2080/S.B. 3213: Creates a $100 one-time fee that would replace the current annual fee of $28.75 for the registration of historical motor vehicles. Bill wasn’t enacted into law.
3. Maryland H.B. 155, New Jersey A.B. 448/S.B. 687, New Mexico S.B. 412, New York A.B. 2073/S.B. 201, Texas H.B. 890, Washington S.B. 5585: Creates vehicle registration and titling classifications for street rods and custom vehicles, including kit cars and replicas, and provides for special license plates. The Texas and Washington bills were enacted into law.
4. Connecticut S.B. 723: Extends the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles five model years old or newer. Bill wasn’t enacted into law.
5. Illinois H.B. 3256: Provides for an expanded-use antique-vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year, from April 1 through Oct. 31. Bill was enacted into law.
6. Michigan H.B. 4885: Prohibits the state from imposing a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax or mileage-based user fee on motor vehicles, to include any global-positioning-satellite-based toll or similar program that would provide for the locational tracking of private motor vehicles or users. Bill wasn’t enacted into law.
7. North Carolina H.B. 187: Requires ethanol content labels on all pumps that dispense ethanol-blended gasoline. Bill was enacted into law.
8. Oklahoma S.B. 160: Allows municipalities to issue permits for sanctioned motor-vehicle racing events on public streets and highways within its geographical jurisdiction. Bill was enacted into law.
9. Tennessee H.B. 688: Exempts vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program. Previous law in Tennessee only exempted vehicles manufactured before the 1975 model year from emissions inspection. Bill was enacted into law.
10. West Virginia H.B. 2456: Allows vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit under a fair and predictable test. Bill wasn’t enacted into law. -¨