SEMA-opposed legislation (A.B. 859) in the California Assembly to require annual smog check inspections for vehicles 15 years old and older was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is essentially dead for the year. The bill would also have required that funds generated through the additional inspection fees be deposited into an account, which could have been used to scrap older cars. Pre-'76 motor vehicles would have remained exempt under A.B. 859. SEMA launched a statewide lobbying campaign to oppose the bill.
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