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Rhode Island State Senate Passes Pro-OEM Parts Bill

Rhode Island State Senate Passes Pro-OEM Parts Bill The Rhode Island State Senate passed a bill that would restrict insurance companies’ ability to refuse to cover OEM repair parts in certain situations. Under the current law in Rhode Island, insurers are not allowed to require the use of non-OEM parts on vehicles that are less…

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New England U.S. Senators Reintroduce the “Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act”

New England U.S. Senators Reintroduce the “Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act” U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have reintroduced the Used Car Safety Recall Act. The legislation would prohibit automotive dealers from selling, leasing, or loaning a used vehicle with an outstanding safety recall. Dealers would need to…

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FTC to Hold Virtual Informal Hearing on Proposed Rule Prohibiting Junk Fees

FTC to Hold Virtual Informal Hearing on Proposed Rule Prohibiting Junk Fees The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will hold an informal virtual hearing on April 24, 2024 at 10AM E.T. as part of its review of its proposed rule prohibiting “junk fees.” ASA provided comments to the FTC on this proposal in…

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Virginia Legislature Advances Bill that would Increase Insurers’ Obligation to Act in Good Faith

Virginia Legislature Advances Bill that would Increase Insurers’ Obligation to Act in Good Faith The Virginia House of Delegates’ Courts of Justice Committee: Civil Subcommittee advanced SB 256 with 8 votes in favor and none opposed. It passed the full state senate on a 25-15 vote. If enacted into law, SB 256 would obligate auto…

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ASA Launches “Repair Policy Scan Tool” Legislative Newsletter

ASA Launches “Repair Policy Scan Tool” Legislative Newsletter Lawmakers rely on constituent feedback to make good decisions. Staying informed about the laws they are considering that could impact an auto repair shop owner or operator’s ability to run a successful business empowers repairers to speak up in crucial moments. But it’s hard to keep up…

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Rhode Island Bill would Redefine “Unfair Insurance Practice” in Insurers’ Favor

Rhode Island Bill would Redefine “Unfair Insurance Practice” in Insurers’ Favor A bill – known as S. 2210 – introduced in the Rhode Island State Senate would make it harder to hold insurance companies liable for unfair insurance practices. Under the state’s current law, failure to have a licensed appraiser conduct an appraisal on a…

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AV Bill in Washington State Scheduled for Jan. 30 Hearing

AV Bill in Washington State Scheduled for Jan. 30 Hearing A bill introduced in the state of Washington’s legislature would create a new comprehensive regulatory framework that allows autonomous vehicles (AV) to operate on roads in the state without a human driver. Currently, AVs may only operate in the state under limited testing purposes. The…

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Rhode Island Bill would Limit Insurers’ Ability to Deny Coverage for OEM Repair Parts

Rhode Island Bill would Limit Insurers’ Ability to Deny Coverage for OEM Repair Parts A bill was introduced in the Rhode Island Legislature that would restrict insurance companies’ ability to refuse to cover OEM repair parts in certain situations. Under the current law in Rhode Island, insurers are not allowed to require the use of…

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Bill Introduced in Hawaii would Lower Thresholds for Mandatory Overtime Pay

Bill Introduced in Hawaii would Lower Thresholds for Mandatory Overtime Pay A bill introduced in Hawaii’s legislature on January 19, 2024 would lower the working hours thresholds for an employee to be legally entitled to overtime compensation. If passed, Senate Bill (SB) 2610 – which was introduced by State Senator Henry Aquino (D) – would…

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NHTSA Begins Effort to Require Impaired Driving Prevention Tech in New Cars

NHTSA Begins Effort to Require Impaired Driving Prevention Tech in New Cars The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has formally launched an effort to require that drunk or impaired driving prevention technologies come standard in new vehicles. In its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, the agency requests the public’s…

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