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ASA Sends Letter to FTC in Response to “Nixing the Fix Report”

July 19, 2021

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a July 21 open meeting. On the agenda is: Proposed Policy Statement on Repair Restrictions Imposed by Manufacturers and Sellers: The FTC Act authorizes the Commission to adopt policy statements. The Commission will vote on whether to issue a new policy statement, following the Commission’s “Nixing…

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OSHA Secretary Advocates for More Inspectors

July 15, 2021

Marty Walsh, the Secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) spoke in front of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies regarding the FY 2022 budget for the U.S. Department of Labor. In his submitted statement, the secretary noted that…

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President Biden Signs Executive Order, Directs FTC to Address Agricultural Right to Repair

July 9, 2021

President Joe Biden signed an executive order this afternoon aimed at promoting competition in the United States economy. Included in this executive order is a directive to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to address right to repair issues for owners of farm equipment and small electronics. The order “encourages the…

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Legislation Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives

May 6, 2021

Congressman Levin (D-Mich) introduced a bill, the Electric Vehicles Freedom Act, that would establish a nationwide network of public electric vehicle charging stations. This legislation is part of a larger push toward electrifying the transportation sector as part of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which was released earlier this year.…

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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Holds Hearing on Electric Vehicles

May 5, 2021

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee held a hearing today on “The Clean Future Act: Driving Decarbonization of the Transportation Sector”. The committee members heard testimony from:   Amol Phadke, M.S., Ph.D, Staff Scientist and Deputy Department Head, International Energy Analysis Department Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  …

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NHTSA Proposes Reinstating California Emissions Authority

April 22, 2021

The National Highway Transit Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing restoring California and other state’s ability to set more stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. California has a waiver under the Clean Air Act that gives the state special regulatory authority in environmental issues. However, the Trump administration…

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