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ASA Signs on to COVID-19 Disaster Relief Coalition Letter

March 16, 2020

On Friday, the Automotive Service Association signed on to a letter to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) requesting COVID-19 disaster relief to small businesses and their employees where the core functions of the business cannot switch to remote operation.…

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U.S. Senator Introduces New Privacy Legislation

March 12, 2020

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced a new data privacy bill. The bill, similar to the staff discussion draft introduced by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) last year, creates a national privacy standard that would preempt state laws, unlike privacy legislation introduced by Democrat U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Senator…

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U.S. DOL Publishes Final Rule on IRAPs

March 10, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule “that will help expand apprenticeships in the United States by establishing a system for advancing the development of high quality, Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). In a press release the DOL states that,  “this new rule offers employers, community colleges, and…

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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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Coalition of State Governors Ask Biden for Exclusively Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

April 21, 2021

The twelve governors of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week urging him to set a zero-emission transportation goal for 2035. In their request, the governors referenced the recently unveiled…

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