Legislative News

  • The Houston city council voted to delay the Automotive Repair Shop Licensing ordinance for two weeks to gather more input from small business owners.
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  • Recently, a number of crash parts bills have been introduced in legislatures across the United States. Bills have been introduced or continue to be considered in Oklahoma, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington
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  • The mayor's office in the city of Houston released new changes to the proposed ordinance to regulate the automotive repair and collision industry. The Houston City Council did not reach a final conclusion on the Feb. 14 ordinance proposal but opted t
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  • 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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  • 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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  • U.S. Senate candidate Linda E. McMahon was the keynote speaker at the recent Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists (CCRS) annual banquet in Orange, Conn.
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  • The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that delays for 15 months toxic air standards for industrial boilers. H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, aims to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs by providing the U.S. Envir
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  • The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) supports the passage of a new law that eliminates the requirement that collision shops purchase more insurance than they need in order to maintain an auto body repair license in the
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  • The California Department of Insurance (DOI) is joining with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and other agencies to fight labor law and insurance related violations that exist in an underground economy.
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  • Repairers in Montana may have more leverage when negotiating with insurers on repair procedures. Gov. Brian Schweitzer recently signed House Bill 265 into law, making it more difficult for insurers to avoid compensating shops for operations and costs
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  • The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists joined a coalition of automotive associations to oppose the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' (NCOIL) Model Act for Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Rep
  • 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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  • The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet held a hearing on Oversight of the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies. Witnesses included Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commiss
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  • As state legislatures across the country begin their sessions, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America's (PCI) said auto body legislation would be one of its key priorities.
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