Legislative News

  • 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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  • 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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  • After Congress acted last week to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year's health care law, President Obama signed the legislation into law on April 14.
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  • The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is asking Congress to review implementation and enforcement of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). As many of the nation's waterways hit historic crests, thousands of motor vehicles
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  • U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller, D-W.V., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., recently introduced a bill in the Senate titled the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2011.
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  • On April 4, 2011, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and 26 of its affiliate associations sent a letter to the 10 Environmental Protection Agency regional offices requesting clarification on their interpretation and intended enforceme
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  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously approved Senate Bill 1813, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)," which reauthorizes the nation's transportation programs for two years.
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  • The House Small Business Committee's Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations held a hearing titled "New Medical Loss Ratios: Increasing Health Care Value or Just Eliminating Jobs?"
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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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  • A joint committee hearing was held by the Consumer Affairs and Transportation committees of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on "Right to Repair." Testifying at the Philadelphia, Pa., hearing were three panels of witnesses, including automob
  • 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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  • The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and 26 of its affiliate associations requested more stringent interpretation from the 10 EPA regional offices regarding exemptions listed in the EPA rule Subpart HHHHHH- National Emissions Standards
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  • Automotive Service Association (ASA) collision leaders met recently with top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Compliance officials to discuss the EPA automotive refinishing regulation. In addition, ASA members briefed members of C
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  • Insurance companies may choose to have a damaged vehicle repaired, even if the owner prefers to receive a cash settlement, according to a recent appellate court decision in California. In its ruling in Hibbs v. Allstate Insurance, which could have ra
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  • The California Autobody Association and two other associations and the Consumer Attorneys of California sent a jointly signed letter to state senators and assembly members expressing their opposition to "imitation" aftermarket crash parts legislation
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