Legislative News

  • Twenty-two representatives of The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers - Minnesota (AASP-MN) spoke to legislators in the State Capitol Feb. 23 about key industry issues, including sales tax on paint and materials, collision shop registration, and
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  • The U.S. Senate voted to pass Sen. Patrick Leahy's, D-Vt., America Invents Act (S. 23) in an 87-3 vote. Leahy is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced legislation that would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases to address climate change. H.R. 910, the 'Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011,' would create
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  • The U.S. Senate 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 87-12.
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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 in December 2010. Today a committee vote was
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  • Although he's been running a successful body shop for a decade, Matt Huuki says that his new job as a state representative in Michigan has been a test of his organizational skills.
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  • The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) congratulated the California Senate for its leadership in passing Senate Bill 869, which was introduced by Senator Leland Yee and co-sponsored by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) and CAPA, and would r
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  • The Massachusetts Auto Coalition (MAC) said passage of the Right to Repair bill could negatively impact motor vehicle safety in the Bay State. Passage of H.102/S.104 could compel the unrestricted and widespread disclosure of automakers' intellectual
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  • The House Committee on Financial Services' Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity recently held a hearing on Insurance Oversight: Policy Implications for U.S. Consumers, Businesses and Jobs.
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  • With Right to Repair legislation in Massachusetts heading out of the legislature and onto a statewide ballot initiative, two major automotive manufacturer trade associations have issued what they describe as a "comprehensive resource guide" showing w
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  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for the first-ever nationwide ban on driver use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) while operating a motor vehicle.
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  • A U.S. House committee held a hearing titled "Volt Vehicle Fire: What Did NHTSA Know and When Did They Know It?" The hearing comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced an end to its investigation into Chevy Volt
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  • NSF International (NSF) dropped its lawsuit against the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) and Jack Gillis two days before NFS's execu
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  • Bob Redding, the Automotive Service Association's (ASA) Washington, D.C., representative, testified Feb. 22 before the General Law Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford, Conn. Redding discussed ASA's opposition to Senate Bill 160,
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  • Reflexxion Automotive Products LLC, a Memphis-based manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket automotive products, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit to protect its Diamond Standard line of bumpers and structural parts.
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  • Stroud's Auto Rebuild, a Tacoma, Wash., collision repair facility prevailed in an arbitration proceeding against Safeco Insurance Co. on a claim that it tortiously interfered with a repair contract Stroud's had with a consumer.
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  • California Gov. Edmund Brown has signed into law CA S.B. 869, legislation that amends current law regulating automotive repairers. The new law amends the Automotive Repair Act. It provides that an automotive repair dealer who prepares a written estim
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  • The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) said it supports the collision repair parts legislation that would dramatically reduce the time period that auto manufacturers could enforce their design patents on collision repair parts. The bill was introduced Feb
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  • Nick Orso's Body Shop in Syracuse, N.Y., is no stranger to the use of the assignment of proceeds process or to the bullying some insurance companies attempt to use to avoid paying claims.
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  • The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is challenging the constitutionality of Rhode Island's Anti-Steering Act, which prohibits auto insurers from recommending body shops to customers and third-party claimants after they have se
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