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Media Contact:
Steve McDonald, stevem@sema.org
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NEW YORK LAWMAKER ASSUMES LEADERSHIP POST OF STATE AUTO CAUCUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2007) – New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich is the new chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. The Caucus is supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). Reilich succeeds Montana Senator John Brueggeman who served in that capacity since the Caucus’ inception in 2005.

The Caucus is a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love for automobiles. To date, almost 200 state legislators from California to New York have joined the group. The Caucus serves to raise the motor vehicle hobby’s profile in state legislatures across the country, and in the eyes of the public. Many of these lawmakers seek to preserve and expand the hobby by improving existing motor vehicle statutes and regulations.

Assemblyman Reilich immediately demonstrated his desire to get involved in keeping the laws in New York fair and hobby-friendly when he joined the Caucus in 2006. Reilich helped defeat a bill to effectively ban the use of brush and grille guards on New York public roads.

"Assemblyman Reilich understood that this proposed ban relied heavily on unsubstantiated claims that grille guards obstruct airbag sensors," said SEMA Vice President, Government Affairs Steve McDonald. "The public is already safe-guarded since it is illegal to sell or install a product that would take a vehicle out of compliance with a federal safety standard, in this case fully operational airbag sensors. Our friend Bill Reilich is leading the charge in the New York Legislature to ensure that hobbyists can enjoy the extra margin of safety and styling provided by grille guards.”

Reilich has recently taken a seat on the New York Assembly's Transportation Committee in order to help protect the rights of motor vehicle enthusiasts. In 2007, he introduced SEMA model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles, including kit cars and replicas. In addition, his current advocacy efforts are sensitive to the needs small businesses, the catalyst for the U.S. economic engine.

Despite his busy legislative schedule, Reilich still finds time to fit in all the "car stuff," having recently added a 1981 T-Bird to his collection. He can often be found working on and refining his '57 Chevy.

"As a New York State Legislator, I have been diligent in my efforts to protect the interests of automobile enthusiasts in my state," Reilich said. "When researching bills dealing with vehicle modification, I am careful to share with my colleagues the whole and accurate picture regarding proposed legislation. Those that don't share our love of the automobile are often unaware of the unintended affect of many of the bills. That is the role of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus and I welcome this chance to serve as chairman. As its past leader, Senator Brueggeman has set the bar very high. Together the Caucus will continue to ensure the voices of the auto enthusiasts are heard nationwide."

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $34 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,817 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA. 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com.

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State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus Membership

Chairman:
Assemblymember Bill Reilich (New York)

Immediate Past Chairman:
Senator John Brueggeman (Montana)

Alaska
Representative David Guttenberg

Arizona
Senator Ron Gould
Representative Bill Konopnicki
Representative Nancy McLain

Arkansas
Senator Denny Altes
Representative Johnny Key

California
Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
Senator Tom McClintock
Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod
Assemblymember Mike Duvall
Assemblymember Bonnie Garcia
Assemblymember Bob Huff
Assemblymember Kevin Jefferies
Assemblymember Doug La Malfa
Assemblymember Alberto Torrico
Assemblymember Michael Villines

Colorado
Senator Ken Kester
Representative Debbie Benefield
Representative Larry Liston
Representative Nancy Todd

Connecticut
Representative Toni Walker

Delaware
Senator Steven Amick
Representative William Oberle Jr.

Florida
Senator Bill Posey
Representative Pat Patterson

Georgia
Senator Chip Rogers
Representative Calvin Hill
Representative Alan Powell
Representative Tony Sellier

Hawaii
Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland

Idaho
Representative Bill Killen

Indiana
Representative Tom Knollman

Iowa
Senator Jeff Danielson
Representative Dwayne Alons
Representative Dave Deyoe
Representative Jim Lykam

Kansas
Senator Chris Steineger
Representative Bob Bethell
Representative Doug Gatewood
Representative Mario Goico
Representative Harold Lane
Representative Judith Loganbill
Representative Terry McLachlan
Representative Shirley Palmer
Representative Michael Peterson
Representative Don Schroeder
Representative Bill Wolf

Kentucky
Representative Charlie Hoffman
Representative Reginald Meeks

Louisiana
Senator Ken Hollis
Representative Jeffery Arnold

Maine
Senator Douglas Smith
Representative Richard Cebra
Representative Carol Grose
Representative Lawrence Jacobsen
Representative Everett McLeod, Sr.
Representative Peter Rines
Representative Nancy Smith

Maryland
Senator J. Robert Hooper
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Delegate Barbara Frush
Delegate Cheryl Glenn
Delegate Barry Glassman
Delegate Benjamin Kramer
Delegate Warren Miller
Delegate Richard Weldon

Massachusetts
Representative Robert Hargraves

Michigan
Senator Glenn Anderson
Senator Ron Jelinek
Representative Fran Amos
Representative Bill Caul
Representative Joe Hune
Representative Rick Jones
Representative Kathleen Law
Representative Richard LeBlanc
Representative John Pastor
Representative Tom Pearce
Representative John Proos
Representative Bettie Cook Scott
Representative Joel Sheltrown
Representative John Stahl
Representative Lorence Wenke

Minnesota
Representative Jim Abeler
Representative Pat Garofalo
Representative Rick Hansen
Representative Melissa Hortman
Representative Carol McFarlane
Representative Ron Shimanski

Mississippi
Senator Hillman Frazier
Representative Pat Montgomery
Representative Dannie Reed
Representative Clayton Smith

Missouri
Representative Bruce Darrough
Representative James Whorton

Montana
Senator John Brueggeman
Senator Jeff Essmann
Representative Jill Cohenour
Representative Gordon Hendrick
Representative Bill Nooney
Representative Wayne Stahl

Nebraska
Senator Don Preister

Nevada
Senator Bob Beers
Senator Bob Coffin
Assemblymember Chad Christensen
Assemblymember Moises (Mo) Denis
Assemblymember Ellen Marie Koivisto
Assemblymember Mark Manendo
Assemblymember John Oceguera
Assemblymember David Parks

New Hampshire
Representative Michael Reuschel
Representative Kevin Waterhouse

New Jersey
Senator James McCullough
Assemblymember Richard Merkt
Assemblymember Charlotte Vandervalk

New Mexico
Representative Nathan Cote

New York
Senator Jeff Klein
Assemblymember Jim Bacalles
Assemblymember William Barclay
Assemblymember Daniel Burling
Assemblymember Marc Butler
Assemblymember Nancy Calhoun
Assemblymember Janet Duprey
Assemblymember Joseph Errigo
Assemblymember Gary Finch
Assemblymember Mike Fitzpatrick
Assemblymember Joseph Giglio
Assemblymember Steve Hawley
Assemblymember Brian Kolb
Assemblymember Peter Lopez
Assemblymember Donna Lupardo
Assemblymember David McDonough
Assemblymember Marcus Molinaro
Assemblymember Bob Oaks
Assemblymember Thomas O'Mara
Assemblymember Jack Quinn
Assemblymember Andrew Raia
Assemblymember Bill Reilich
Assemblymember Joseph Saladino
Assemblymember Teresa Sayward
Assemblymember Mark Schroeder
Assemblymember James Tedisco
Assemblymember David Townsend, Jr.
Assemblymember Rob Walker

North Carolina
Senator Julia Boseman
Representative Cary Allred
Representative Larry Brown
Representative George Cleveland
Representative Nelson Cole
Representative William Current
Representative Bill Faison
Representative Phillip Frye
Representative Mitchell Setzer
Representative Fred Steen, II

North Dakota
Senator Tom Fischer
Representative Robin Weisz
Representative Alon Wieland

Ohio
Senator Lance Mason
Representative John Hagan
Representative Kenny Yuko

Oklahoma
Representative Wallace Collins
Representative Scott Inman

Oregon
Senator Gary George
Representative Jeff Barker

Pennsylvania
Senator Michael Waugh
Representative Scott Conklin
Representative Patrick Harkins
Representative Scott Perry

Rhode Island
Senator William Walaska
Representative John J. Laughlin II

South Carolina
Senator Larry Martin
Representative J. Gary Simrill

Tennessee
Senator Tim Burchett
Senator Mike Williams
Representative Robert Bibb
Representative Chris Crider
Representative Jim Hackworth
Representative John Tidwell
Representative Joe Towns

Texas
Representative Solomon Ortiz, Jr.

Utah
Senator Howard Stephenson
Representative Gage Froerer
Representative Neal Hendrickson
Representative Patrick Painter
Representative Stephen Sandstrom

Virginia
Senator J. Brandon Bell
Delegate William Fralin
Delegate Morgan Griffith
Delegate Dave Nutter
Delegate Tom Rust
Delegate Terrie Suit
Delegate Onzlee Ware

Washington
Senator Jerome Delvin
Representative Cary Condotta
Representative Bob Hasegawa
Representative Chris Strow
Representative Deb Wallace

West Virginia
Delegate Robert Beach
Delegate Cliff Moore

Wisconsin
Representative Sheryl Albers
Representative Steve Kestell

Wyoming
Representative Pat Childers