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  • Owens State Community College in Toledo, Ohio, received a waterborne technology equipment upgrade donated from BASF through the I-CAR Education Foundation.
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  • The biggest news to emerge from the Collision Industry Conference in Atlanta April 15 is not about what happened, but what didn't happen.
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  • California Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) launched her exploration of the structural differences between certain vehicle safety parts by sawing through an aftermarket reinforcement bar in her San Mateo district office in May.
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  • The U.S. Senate passed the "Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010" May 20. S. 3217, authored by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, aims to promote financial stabil
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  • The Automotive Service Association (ASA) Collision Division Operations Committee recently met in Washington, D.C., to discuss several topics affecting the collision repair industry. The open meeting was held prior to the ASA "Taking the Hill" Fly-In
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  • The Rhode Island Supreme Court in June reversed a lower court decision that would have required insurance labor rate surveys to be used as the sole determinant in establishing prevailing auto body labor rates. Oral arguments were heard in February.
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  • The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) will hold a hearing July 8 at its summer meeting in Boston on the proposed Model Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Repair. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) opposes the Model A
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  • The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Property-Casualty Insurance Committee continued to delay action on issues important to collision repairers at its summer meeting in Boston. The committee followed its "no final action" on the M
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  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources met yesterday for a markup of Senate Bill (S.B.) 3495, "The Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010;" S.B. 2843, "The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009" and S.B. 679, "The Heavy Duty Hyb
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  • Ray Gunder, owner of Gunder's Auto Center, issued this press release Aug. 9 updating his continuing battle with State Farm Insurance in which he accuses the insurer of slander and tortious interference. The release is published unedited.
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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 U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that directs the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, to study and establish a motor vehicle safety standard that provides for a means of alerting blind and other pedestrians of motor vehi
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  • U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Judiciary Committee chairman, has announced that patent reform, online piracy and counterfeiting, and the repeal of the antitrust exemption for health insurers would be his top priorities this coming year.
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  • The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it is withdrawing its interpretation of the term 'feasible administrative or engineering controls' as used in the General Industry and Construction Occu
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