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Ohio Legislative Update
« on: December 04, 2013, 06:50:54 PM »


Ohio Headlamps Bill Approved by Committee With Amendment; Moves to Full Senate

In a unanimous vote, the Ohio Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation (S.B. 161) that originally required headlights on motor vehicles to display a “white light” without defining the term.  A SEMA Action Network (SAN) amendment that was included in the bill now conforms the legislation to U.S. Department of Transportation standards regarding headlamp color, which all headlamps destined for on-road use must comply.  The bill now moves to the Senate floor for a vote by all members.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Ohio Senate (Contact Info Below) to Support the Amended S.B. 161
• All headlamps are required to comply with the color requirements contained in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  It is illegal for a state to enact a law that would conflict with a federal standard.
• Under the Federal standards, it is possible to design a headlamp that can be perceived as having a blue tint but which nevertheless remains within the federal boundaries that define "white."
• The original S.B. 161 seemed to be targeting illegal high-intensity discharge (HID) conversion kits, which are already illegal under Federal law.  However, the original bill could have even banned factory-installed HID headlamps which emit a blue hue.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Ohio Senate by phone or e-mail to request their support for the amended version of S.B. 161

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

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