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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  • Mississippi House Bill 151, which would have repealed the Mississippi annual safety inspection of motor vehicles program, has died in committee.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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  • I-CAR, The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has announced that it will premiere its new course, Advanced Material Damage Analysis (DAM08), on March 1.
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  • Audatex, a Solera Company, has displayed its commitment to "Fueling the Future" of the collision industry by contributing $10,000 to the I-CAR Education Foundation.
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  • I-CAR will change its pricing structure effective Sept.1, 2009. Prices for U.S.-based live delivery training will increase, while prices for online training will decrease. The not-for-profit training organization is expanding its discount structure,
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  • HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has reached the milestone of delivering 15,000 online training programs.
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  • HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – As part of its commitment to the future of collision repair, PPG has contributed $5,000 to the I-CAR Education Foundation, which invests in the entire industry by enhancing the I-CAR Education Foundation
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  • The Ohio legislature has sent Senate Bill 204, the Motor Vehicle Dealer Franchise legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Wagoner, to the governor's office for signature. The companion legislation was House Bill 364 offered by Rep. Matt Lundy.
  • Mention the term DRP in this industry and odds are blood pressure and temperatures will rise while repairers take an overly aggressive or defensive stance.
  • 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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  • Language in Florida House Bill 5005, entitled "Deregulations of Professions and Occupations," that would repeal Florida's law requiring the registration of motor vehicle repair shops, the Motor Vehicle Repair Advisory Council, and the regulation of m
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  • Georgia House Bill 388, which aims to create a sales tax on services of many small businesses, is still alive in the Georgia Legislature. The bill, if passed, would be devastating to the automotive service industry, placing additional tax burdens on
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  • The House Small Business Committee held a full committee hearing titled, "Access to Capital: Can Small Businesses Access the Credit Necessary to Grow and Create Jobs?" The hearing provided a forum for lenders and business owners to discuss the curren
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  • Ray Gunder, owner of Gunder's Auto Center in Lakeland, Fla., will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a lower court's decision that State Farm did not slander him and illegally interfere with his business.
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