SEMA Action Network Expands Into Canada

    Grassroots Alliance Designed to Influence Legislative Initiatives
    Automotive Hobby

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /CNW/ -- The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced
that it has broadened its legislative advocacy activities to include the
Parliament of Canada and the provincial governments. Canadian automotive
hobbyists, car clubs and related businesses can now join this influential
grassroots lobbying effort by registering online at
    "Cooperative efforts of the automotive hobbyists and the aftermarket
industry who participate in the SEMA Action Network have resulted in numerous
legislative successes across the United States," said SEMA Vice President of
Government Affairs Steve McDonald. "The SAN's pursuit of proactive, pro-hobby
legislation has led to the overhaul of existing statutes and created brand new
programs to safeguard and expand the specialty equipment aftermarket.
Determined efforts by the SAN have also resulted in the defeat of several
poorly formulated measures. Canadian enthusiast groups face identical
challenges. We are confident that by working with our Canadian-based members
and hobbyist groups, we can add the industry's voice to the debate and help
legislators identify reasonable and responsible solutions to the array of
issues affecting the automotive hobby."
    The SAN is a nationwide partnership between vehicle clubs, enthusiasts
and members of the specialty auto parts industry who want to protect their
hobby. SAN was designed to help stamp out unfair legislative threats to the
automotive hobby and pass favorable laws. In the United States, the SAN
regularly rallies the support of 3,500-plus car clubs, thousands of individual
contacts, and 100-plus consumer automotive publications, with an estimated
reach of 36 million enthusiasts nationwide; sends out action alerts to
generate an abundance of responses to state and/or federal legislative actions
and regulatory proposals; and issues timely updates of legislative and
regulatory developments.
    "There are no costs, fees or hassles to participate in the SAN," said
SEMA Action Network Director Jason Tolleson. "The concept is simple: SEMA
provides detailed, regularly updated information on legislative and regulatory
issues that impact the hobby. The more hands that touch this information, the
more eyes that read this information and the more people that stand up and do
something, the more effectively we protect our hobby. When action is required,
we will urge SAN members to contact legislators and regulators to express
support or opposition to a particular bill or proposal that directly affects
the automotive hobby."
    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is a non-profit trade
association composed of more than 7,094 member companies, including
manufacturers, distributors, jobbers and retailers. The association serves and
represents the $36.7 billion specialty equipment automotive industry, which
enables consumers to enhance their vehicle's appearance, performance, comfort,
convenience and safety. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley
Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765 , tel: 909/396-0289 or visit and

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