WASHINGTON (April 9, 2004) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has scheduled its 7th annual Washington Rally for May 19-20. The event gives SEMA members a chance to meet with the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus — a 75-member group of legislators — and discuss political issues of interest to the auto aftermarket.
“The idea is to keep it informal,” said Linda Spencer, SEMA director of government and international affairs. “We want to thank the congressmen who are friends to the industry, and it's great to hear what the issues are.” The Washington Rally traditionally is closed to the press, she added.
While the agenda for this year is still being formulated, Ms. Spencer said, the issues discussed during the event are a mix of industry-specific and general small business topics. Two issues likely to be on the program this year are health care—SEMA members support legislation to establish Association Health Plans, which would allow small business groups to negotiate across state lines for health insurance—and vehicle scrappage bills which the aftermarket opposes.