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California Senate Committees Hear Aftermarket Parts Bill, Other Collision Repair Bills

The California Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Collision Repair Association of California (CRA)-sponsored Senate Bill 1059 by a 3-2 vote and agreed to add the following provision to the bill: “At the time of sale, the insurer shall specifically notify the insured whether the insurance contract allows for the use of aftermarket parts, and that

CAWA Lobbies California Legislators on Business and Industry Issues

Members of the California Automotive Wholesalers’ Association (CAWA) met in Sacramento to actively lobby the California Legislature to ensure no laws are passed that harm a robust and competitive independent automotive aftermarket industry and to highlight important legislative and regulatory proposals impacting aftermarket businesses. CAWA members met at the state capitol on March 26 with

Insurance Groups Rally Against California Legislation

Three insurance associations are urging California consumers to vote against Senate Bill 1167, anti-steering legislation introduced by Sen. Patricia Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa). The American Insurance Association (AIA), Personal Insurance Federation of California (PIFC), and Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC) have created a Web site – – that allows Californians to directly contact their

U.S. House Considers Patent Law Exemption Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced new legislation aimed to create an exemption in the U.S. patent law to enable the production of aftermarket automobile parts. H.R. 5638, introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), creates an exception from infringement for certain component parts used to repair another article of manufacture. The bill has been

Bill Would Establish National Insurance Agent Licensing

Reps. David Scott (D-Ga.) and Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) have introduced H.R. 5611, the National Association of Registered Agents & Brokers Reform Act (NARAB II). The bill aims to modernize the current system of insurance agent licensing as it applies to those who are registered in multiple states. If passed, H.R. 5611 will establish the National

Minnesota House Committee Approves Estimating System Legislation

The Minnesota House Commerce and Labor Committee approved legislation in March that would require an insurer to use an estimating system in its entirety when appraising a damaged vehicle. The Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee considered a companion to House File 3822, Senate File 3508, in March as well, but the committee took no

FAIA and QPC Lobby Florida Legislators on Aftermarket Parts

The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) and the Florida Automotive Industry Association (FAIA) met with Florida state legislators to discuss aftermarket parts in the collision industry, urging state legislators to take their message to the federal level. FAIA and QPC maintain that allowing the car companies to enforce their design patents in the secondary market would

California Senate Hears Anti-Steering Legislation, Introduces Capping Bill

The Collision Repair Association of California’s (CRA) two sponsored bills, Senate Bills 1059 and 1167, were heard by the Senate Committee on Banking, Finance and Insurance on April 2, coinciding with CRA’s Legislative Day. The CRA says insurers successfully convinced the California Chamber of Commerce to oppose S.B. 1167, which mandates that once a vehicle

Rhode Island Bill Would Prohibit Deductible Rebates

The Rhode Island House is considering a bill that would prevent shops from rebating or offering to rebate a customer’s deductible to entice the customer to choose a particular shop. State Rep. Timothy A. Williamson (D-West Warwick) introduced House Bill 7994 on Feb. 28. If enacted, violations would be grounds for denial, suspension or revocation

Ohio Body Shop Owners Association Pushes Consumer Education, Quality Repairs

It was just a low-key meeting at a Mexican restaurant, but the subject matter was anything but low-key. Members of the Ohio Body Shop Owners Association (OBOA) met March 10 in Oregon, Ohio, to discuss their latest consumer education ad campaign and also to go over some legislative strategies aimed at countering what they believe

Iowa Senate Introduces Collision Repair Parts Bills

The Iowa Senate is considering a bill that would bar insurers from requiring repairers to buy parts and supplies from specified sellers. Sen. Steve Warnstadt (D-Sioux City) introduced Senate File 2326, which addresses shops that perform repairs on behalf of the insurer to the property of an insured. The bill defines such requirements of insurers