April 7, 2023

Auto Care Weekly State Government Affairs Update: Apr. 6, 2023

by Tod Moore, Manager, Advocacy and Grassroots

What's Moving:

  • Texas SB 528, which would create a criminal offense for recyclers who purchase a motor vehicle without certain requirements - Is being heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on April 5. 
  • Oklahoma SB 593, which would put regulations around manufacturers denying a claim or implementing chargeback against auto dealers - Has passed the Senate and has received a "do pass" designation from the House Business and Commerce Committee. 
  • Maine LD 1487, which is a right-to-repair bill for electronic devices - Has been introduced and referred to the House Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement, and Business. 
  • North Carolina S 267, would put regulations around the sale of catalytic converters - Has been passed by the Senate and referred to the House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations. 
  • Arkansas SB 485, amends the law around stealing catalytic converters - Has been passed by the Senate and by the House Committee on Public Transportation with a "Do Pass" designation. 
  • Texas SB 244, amends the law around stealing catalytic converters - Has passed the Senate and has been sent to the House. 
  • Maryland HB 920, establishes consumer protections related to the repair or replacement of motor vehicle glass - Has been sent to Governor Wes Moore for enactment. 
  • Montana HB 255, revises catalytic converter sale laws - Has been passed by the House and will be sent to the Senate. 
  • North Dakota SB 2299, a bill relating to scrap metal dealer registration, catalytic converters and catalytic converter theft - Has passed the Senate and was reported with a "Do Pass" designation out of the House Industry, Business, and Labor Committee. 
  • Florida SB 306, the Catalytic Converter Antitheft Act - has passed the Senate and is now in the House to be assigned to a Committee. 
  • Texas SB 1083, a bill relating to insurer restrictions and duties around repair of a motor vehicle covered by insurance - Has been considered in the Senate Business and Commerce. 
Legislation We're Tracking

We are currently tracking 182 pieces of state legislation for the Auto Care Association and can provide a full list upon request.

Here are the bills we are watching closely:


Bill Number




SB 244

Right to Repair Act

Referred to the Judiciary Committee, hearing set for April 11.


AB 473

This bill would prohibit additional acts, including allocating vehicles, parts, accessories, and other items inconsistent with specified standards. The bill would also require the board to make a franchisor’s vehicle allocation schedule available for inspection by any franchisee.

Has been re-referred to the Committee on Transportation.


HB 23-1118

Fair Workweek Employment Standards

Has been postponed indefinitely in the Business Affairs and Labor Committee.


HB 23-1011

Consumer Right to Repair Agricultural Equipment

Has passed both chambers and Senate adopted the Committee report to repass


SB 60

Secondary Metals Recyclers; it shall be illegal for certain persons to purchase, possess, obtain, or sell or attempt to purchase, possess, obtain, or sell

Has now passed the House.


SB 70

Secondary Metals Recyclers; it shall be illegal for certain persons to purchase, possess, obtain, or sell or attempt to purchase, possess, obtain, or sell; provide

Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


HB 53

Right-to-repair; Digital Electronic Equipment; Repairs; Original Equipment Manufacturers

Committee recommends the bill is deferred.


HB 1287

Relating to the Right to Repair

Was referred to the House Consumer Protection and Commerce and the Finance Committees.


HB 920

Consumer Protection - Motor Vehicle Glass Repair or Replacement - Advanced Driver Assistance System Recalibration

Has been sent to the Governor's office to be enacted into law.


HD 557

An Act Relative To Disclosure Notice In The Right To Repair Motor Vehicle Data Law

Draft Filed


HD 2473

An Act Establishing The Fair Calculation Of Labor Rates Paid By Insurance Companies To Auto Repairers In The Commonwealth.

Draft Filed


S 142

An Act Relative to Digital Right to Repair

Referred to the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.


HB 698

Changes the laws regarding consumer products so that certain individuals and businesses have a right to repair information from certain manufacturers

Referred to the House General Laws Committee.


HB 532

Modifies provisions relating to keeping records for the sale of certain materials

Was voted out of Committee in Executive Session with a "Do Pass" recommendation.


HB 555

Establishes the offense of unlawful possession of a detached catalytic converter

Bill has been postponed.


LB 782

Change provisions relating to salvage branded certificates of title and consumer care of motor vehicles

Amended in the Transportation and Communications Committee.

New Mexico

SB 50

Right to Repair Act

The bill has passed both chambers, but has not been signed into law by the Governor. The Senate has concurred with added House amendments.

New Jersey

A 3612

Concerns Right to Repair Farm Equipment and Lawn Mowers

Referred to the Assembly Agriculture and Food Security Committee.

New York

A 210

In the repair of a collision damaged motor vehicle, no motor vehicle repair shop or insurer shall deviate from the collision repair guidelines, procedures, recommendations and service bulletins...

Referred to the Insurance Committee.

New York

A 2263

Requires motor vehicle repair shops to disclose certain information to customers

Referred to the Assembly Transportation Committee.


SB 542

Relating to a right to repair consumer electronic equipment; prescribing an effective date.

Will be considered in a Senate work session happening on 3/30.

Rhode Island

HB 5731

An Act Relating To Insurance -- Motor Vehicle Replacement Parts (Defines A Used Part And Creates Standards For Use Of Used Parts In Damaged Motor Vehicles, For Motor Vehicle Replacement Parts

Recommended by the Committee to be held for further consideration.

Rhode Island

HB 5841

An Act Relating To Commercial Law -- General Regulatory Provisions -- Purchase And Sale Of Precious Metals

Recommended by the Committee to be held for further consideration.


SB 1083

Relating to insurer restrictions and duties regarding repair of a

motor vehicle covered under an insurance policy

Votes have been taken in Committee.


HB 3476

Relating to insurer restrictions and duties regarding repair of a

motor vehicle covered under an insurance policy.

Referred to the House Insurance Committee.


S 46

An act relating to the Vermont Fair Repair Act

Referred to the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

Statehouse Automobile Reports

Governor Tony Evers (D) signed the first bill of Wisconsin's 2023 session that would address reckless driving. The bill would allow municipalities to pass ordinances to impound vehicles of people with prior records of reckless driving and refuse to pay fines. 

SB 306, a bill that would stop catalytic converter theft in Florida, has passed the Senate with unanimous support. The bill would restrict who can purchase the part and allows for legal suspicion of anyone who owns two or more detached catalytic converters. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has received permission from the EPA to increase the volume of zero-emission heavy duty truck sales in an effort to transition to a net zero economy. The Governor also has a plan in 2035 for California to be emission free entirely by 2035. The new plan, called the Advanced Clean Trucks rule, has been adopted by other states including Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

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