Legislative News

  • On Feb. 15, Senate Bill 209, proposed by Sen. Delores Kelley (D-District 10, Baltimore County) was voted unanimously by the Senate Finance Committee to be withdrawn without foreseeable reintroduction. The bill, intended to provide a documentation pro
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  • ALLDATA has released a white paper discussing the need for collision repair facilities to have vehicle manufacturers' OE repair information.
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  • The Automotive Service Association and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers released a brochure opposing the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' Model Act regarding motor vehicle crash parts and repair. The brochure, titled Support Cons
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  • The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection recently held a hearing titled, "National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Oversight: The Road Ahead." Members o
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  • The Automotive Service Association (ASA) hosted a "Taking the Hill" Fly-In and AMI Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., May 11-12 for its members. Independent automotive repairers from across the country met with their senators and representati
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  • A Florida judge has ruled that State Farm will not be held liable for allegedly defamatory statements made about a repair shop to its customers. On March 26, Judge Steven Merryday granted State Farm's motion for summary judgment in the case, ruling t
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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 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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  • All collision repair shops were required to file an Initial Notification with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or their state in compliance with the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP),Paint Stripping a
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  • Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said a settlement was reached in an enforcement action against Civil Service Employees Insurance Company and CSE Safeguard Insurance Company.
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  • The Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) sent a letter to the governor asking him to dismiss Insurance Commissioner Thomas Sullivan because he has not enforced insurance laws and has not investigated insurer misconduct in settling collision re
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  • At their annual meeting held this year in Austin, Texas, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Property and Casualty Insurance Committee delayed action on the Model Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Repair.
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  • While the collision repair industry perhaps has not been buffeted as hard by the recession as the automakers or other segments of the nation's economy, it has not been immune to the downtown either.
  • GRC-Pirk Management said it will implement the energy-savings aspects of the Building Star legislation introduced by the Senate to provide new incentives for early compliance with EPA's surface coating rule.
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  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a recent hearing titled, "Opportunities to Improve Transportation Safety." U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is the chairwoman of the committee. She and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., ranki
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  • The Ohio Senate voted 33-0 recently to amend Senate Bill 204 that could have negatively impacted independent repair facilities statewide.
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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) 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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  • 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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  • The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) reiterated today it's previously established opposition to legislative model acts under consideration by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Property & Casualty committee. SC
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