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

February 20, 2024 | Comments Off on 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 insurance companies to make claims decisions in good faith. Insurers would have to pay…

Repair Policy Scan Tool: February 12, 2024

February 12, 2024 | Comments Off on Repair Policy Scan Tool: February 12, 2024

Click here to read the latest edition of ASA’s Repair Policy Scan Tool newsletter. 

U.S. House Passes Bipartisan Tax Bill Supported by ASA

February 1, 2024 | Comments Off on U.S. House Passes Bipartisan Tax Bill Supported by ASA

The United States House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 (H.R. 7024). It easily surpassed the two-thirds vote threshold needed to pass under the expedited rules. The bill received 357 votes in favor and 70 opposed. ASA supports this legislation. Some of the key changes…

ASA Launches “Repair Policy Scan Tool” Legislative Newsletter

January 30, 2024 | Comments Off on 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 with the news, especially when your hands are…

ASA-Endorsed Federal Tax Bill Passes Committee, Full House Could Happen this Week

January 29, 2024 | Comments Off on ASA-Endorsed Federal Tax Bill Passes Committee, Full House Could Happen this Week

A bipartisan federal tax bill, endorsed by ASA, passed the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee with 40 votes in favor and 3 votes against. Congressional sources say the full U.S. House of Representatives may vote on the legislation this week. The following provisions in H.R. 7024, the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers…

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

January 26, 2024 | Comments Off on 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 vehicle estimated to have suffered at least $2,500 in damage constitutes…

AV Bill in Washington State Scheduled for Jan. 30 Hearing

January 26, 2024 | Comments Off on 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 bill – known as Senate Bill (SB) 5594 – will…

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

January 26, 2024 | Comments Off on 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 non-OEM parts on vehicles that are less than 48 months beyond their manufactured date,…

ASA, OEMs, and SCRS Offer Themselves as a Resource to Congress and Constituents

January 24, 2024 | Comments Off on ASA, OEMs, and SCRS Offer Themselves as a Resource to Congress and Constituents

The Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Alliance), and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) have sent a joint letter to Congress offering to assist constituents who are encountering difficulties locating vehicle diagnostic and repair data. The letter acknowledges that the rapid pace of automotive innovation can lead to confusion with…

Bill Introduced in Hawaii would Lower Thresholds for Mandatory Overtime Pay

January 23, 2024 | Comments Off on 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 mandate: At least 1.5x pay for work exceeding 40 hours in…

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