Legislative News

  • Independent automotive repairers nationwide met recently with their U.S. representatives and senators to discuss a full repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson Act. The meetings occurred as part of the Automotive Service Association's "Taking the Hill" Fly-I
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  • In a continuing effort to introduce Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) members to candidates running for the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, GCIA scheduled candidates to speak at its June 23 meeting.
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  • The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) property-casualty insurance committee took no final action on its proposed Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Repair Model Act July 8 at the NCOIL summer meeting in Boston. The committee will contin
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Automotive Service Association of Ohio (ASA-Ohio) and its government affairs representatives at Governmental Policy Group have been lobbying two companion bills pending in the Ohio Legislature that could negatively impact members of ASA-Ohio and
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  • Onondaga County (N.Y.) Court Judge William D. Walsh has ruled in favor of Nick Orso's Body Shop vs. Adirondack Insurance Exchange in an assignment of proceeds case that has statewide implications.
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  • The Senate has passed H.R. 4173, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, in a 60-39 vote, after having stalled activity on the conference report for more than a week. The legislation is now awaiting signature by President Barack Obama. Th
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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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  • 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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  • The U.S. House of Representatives passed in a 222-202 vote the Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Conference Agreement. The Financial Services portion of this $446.8 bi