Legislative News

  • ASA opposes SB 544 and asks West Virginia repairers to contact their state legislators in opposition to the bill.
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  • The Arkansas House Insurance and Commerce Committee voted down Arkansas Senate Bill (SB) 291 that would have repealed Arkansas’ requirement for the use of OE crash parts in repairing a vehicle still under the manufacturer’s warranty, unless the vehicle owner has given written consent otherwise.
    Automotive Service Association
  • Arkansas Senate Bill (SB) 291 would repeal the requirement for the use of aftermarket crash parts in repair of a vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s warranty without the vehicle owner’s written consent.
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  • The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is publicly denouncing auto body repair legislation recently introduced in Maryland that, if passed, will limit consumer choices when having their vehicle repaired.
    ABPA
  • The change leaves business owners struggling to determine salary levels and compensation plans for next year while they wait to see how the judge’s ruling (and any changes that may come under President-Elect Donald Trump) will alter the regulations.
  • The U.S. House Committee held a joint hearing titled, “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks.”
    ASA
  • A group of consumer advocacy associations have issued a letter to the Federal Communications Commission voicing their concerns about the possible commercial use of the dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) spectrum band that will be used for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) connected car applications.
  • Body and repair shop owners should be prepared to re-evaluate how they pay some employees so that they can stay in compliance with new overtime rules.
  • Service King Collision Repair Centers, as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to promoting and generating awareness around career opportunities in the collision repair industry, recently hosted U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) inside its Tacoma, Wash., repair center.
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  • New Hampshire Senate Bill (SB) 436 requires an insurer to disclose whether or not an estimate has been prepared based on the use of aftermarket parts.
    ASA
  • The U.S. House Committee on Small Business held a hearing last week that addressed the federal government’s role in equipping small businesses to defend themselves against cyber threats.
    ASA
  • With the state legislative season in full swing in many states, new automotive technologies, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, driver assistance and automated vehicles (AV), are the focus for policymakers.
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  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications.
  • The final rule will take effect on Dec. 1, 2016. Initial increases to the standard salary level and the HCE total annual compensation requirement will take effect on this date.
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), released a proposed rule that would require manufacturers to notify consumers of outstanding recalls by electronic means in addition to first-class mail.
    NHTSA
  • Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety held a hearing titled “Examining Pathways Towards Compliance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ground-Level Ozone.”
    ASA
  • Last Thursday, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing titled, “The Administration’s Overtime Rule and Its Consequences for Workers, Students, Nonprofits and Small Businesses.”
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  • On May 24, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 2055. This legislation attempts to regulate the generation, collection, analysis, dissemination and sharing of connected-car vehicle data.
    Automotive Service Association (ASA)
  • On May 24, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 2055. This legislation attempts to regulate the generation, collection, analysis, dissemination and sharing of connected-car vehicle data. ASA opposes S.B. 2055.
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  • The DOL notes that under the rule, employers will be required to raise the salaries of employees to or above the salary level to maintain their exempt status, pay overtime in addition to the employee's current salary when necessary or evaluate and realign hours and staff workload.
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