Lawmakers in both West Virginia and South Dakota have introduced legislation that would prevent any county or city in the state from limiting access to internal combustion engines (ICE) and related technology.
In West Virginia, the bill was introduced by Del. Gary Howell, R-87, who is also chairman emeritus of SEMA's State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. His bill would prevent limiting access to engines powered by any particular source, not only fossil fuels.
In South Dakota, the bill awaits consideration by the House Local Government Committee.
West Virginia and South Dakota are the first two states to introduce this legislation in the 2024 state legislative sessions, but follows seven other states---Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina---that have previously passed similar legislation and resolutions.
SEMA supports both states’ bills, and believes those states’ residents, not the government, should be allowed to choose the type of vehicle technology that best serves them and their families.