A few months ago, California State Senator Fran Pavley introduced legislation that would have required regular smog checks for motorcycles larger than 280 cc and newer than model year 2000. That mandate was planned to go in effect in the year 2012, but that's now changed.
Ongoing discussions in the State Senate resulted in Pavley agreeing to rewrite the legislation so that mandatory smog checks are not required. Instead, the bill will allow police officers to levy fines against motorcycle owners that remove emissions controls from their machines, including catalytic converters.
The amended bill has now passed through the State Senate and will be delivered to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will then be able to sign the bill into law.
[Source: San Jose Mercury News via The Kneeslider]