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  • The Massachusetts state legislature ended its formal session on Saturday evening, July 31, without having taken action on Senate Bill 2517, the Massachusetts' "Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Bill." The bill had been referred to the state's Hou
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  • Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri has signed R.H.S. 2514, the Automobile Airbag Fraud Prevention Act. The act had been introduced in Feb. by Sens. Joshua Miller, D-District 28, and David Bates, R-District 32. The new law seeks to combat airbag fra
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  • California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Senate Bill 427, the legislation introduced to crack down on airbag fraud, on Sept. 24.
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  • The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) will hold its annual meeting in Austin, Texas, Nov. 18-21. Discussions will continue surrounding the proposed Model Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Repair. The Automotive Service As
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  • The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) and Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will partner in researching the issues of business-to-business data ownership and data privacy rights as they relate to the collision repair indust
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  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed 134 different chemicals that will be screened for their potential to disrupt endocrine systems in humans and animals. The EPA notes that endocrine disruptors represent a serious health concern
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  • Legislators at the NCOIL Annual Meeting - responding to aggressive and near-universal opposition from interested parties - set aside a proposed Model Act Regarding Insurer Auto Body Steering and determined to consider the freedom-of-choice issue furt
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  • South Carolina state Sen. David Thomas, R-Seneca, pre-filed legislation mirroring that of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' (NCOIL) Model Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Repair. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) opp
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  • The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to re-evaluate claims made in its new draft cancer risk estimate within the agen
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  • U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, has introduced House Bill 229, the Michael Jon Newkirk Transportation Safety Enhancement Act of 2011, that establishes national standards for state safety inspections for motor vehicles. The bill requires states
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  • The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) scheduled its first Day at the Capitol event Feb. 23 so collision and automotive repair shops and suppliers can learn about the core issues that impact their business and industry.
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  • Mississippi House Bill 151, which would have repealed the Mississippi annual safety inspection of motor vehicles program, has died in committee. The bill was introduced by state Rep. Steve Horne, R-81. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) had pre
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  • An appeals court has struck down a Chicago law professor's suit against GEICO that accused the insurance company of deliberately omitting repairs from its estimates.
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  • Throughout 2011, I-CAR has introduced several new online training programs, including programs with all-new content and instructor-led (live) training programs that have been converted to an online delivery format. Programs that have been converted f
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  • The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists joined a coalition of automotive associations to oppose the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' (NCOIL) Model Act for Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Rep
  • Newly appointed Connecticut DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey was the keynote speaker at the recent Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists membership meeting in Hartford, Conn.
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  • The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4, the "Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011," which repeals the 1099 reporting mandate in the new health care law, by a vote of 314-112.
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  • Rhode Island state Sen. Maryellen Goodwin, D-District 1, Providence, has introduced Senate Bill 661 and Senate Bill 685, which if passed would impact the collision repair industry. S.B. 661 would prohibit an appraiser or insurance carrier from deemin
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  • Hawaii state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, D-Dist. 14, introduced legislation that would dilute the Hawaii State Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Program by exempting vehicles from testing for their first two to three years. Hawaii Senate Bill 1416 passed t
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  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a lower court's order granting summary judgment in favor of State Farm Insurance in Gunder's Auto Center's claim against the nation's largest personal auto insurer for slander and tor
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