June 26, 2023

Auto Care Association State Government Affairs Update: June 23, 2023

by Tod Moore, manager, advocacy and grassroots

what's moving?

  • Pennsylvania SB 561was approved by the Senate and sent to the House. It would eliminate the need for state vehicle emissions testing for five years from date of manufacture. A news report about the bill is here.
  • Massachusetts S 142, a digital right to repair bill is scheduled to be heard in the Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensing on June 26th. It may be an interesting hearing in light of recent developments related to the state’s auto right to repair law. 
  • Oregon HB 3631 a digital right to repair bill was introduced and referred to the House Business & Labor Committee.

state news this week:

Twelve state legislatures are in session and Texas legislators remain in special session.

A bill has been sent to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) that will eliminate that state’s existing means test for SNAP eligibility. It is anticipated that she will sign it.

The impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) will begin in the state Senate on September 5th. He is facing twenty counts of misconduct in office. State Senator Angela Paxton (R), wife of the Attorney General will be permitted to attend the trial but is prohibited from voting on the case.

Primary election day in Virginia proved difficult for five incumbent senators who were defeated, a historic achievement. Governor Glen Youngkin (R) was a big winner as all ten of the candidates he endorsed won their races.

legislation we're tracking: 

We are currently tracking over 250 pieces of state legislation for the Auto Care Association and can provide a full list upon request.

Here are some bills we are watching closely:


Bill Number




AB 473

Relating to motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors, and dealers

Was amended & referred back to the Assembly Transportation Committee


AB 1263

Relating to the state's smog check program

Referred to the Senate Business & Professions and Economic Development Committees


AB 1519

Relating to catalytic converters

Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee


SB 104

Catalytic Converter Theft

Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee


HB 1527

Relating to Vehicle Disablement Technology

Referred to the House Rules Committee

New York

HH 7799

Relating to the receipt of catalytic converters by junk dealers & scrap dealers

Introduced & referred to the Assembly Consumer Affairs & Protection Committee

Rhode Island

HB 5841

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

Referred to the Senate Environment & Agriculture Committee

statehouse vehicle reports

The damaged section of I-95 in Philadelphia will re-open this weekend, according to Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro (D). Crews have gotten assistance from a jet-powered track dryer on loan from Pocono Raceway.

Louisiana officials say that hackers have breached the state Office of Motor Vehicles and they believe that anyone with a state drive. Officials believe everyone with a state driver’s license now may be exposed.

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs (D) has vetoed a bill that would have extended a half-cent sales tax used for year to fund transportation projects in Maricopa County. It is part of a dispute between the Governor and Republican-controlled Legislature to eliminate funding for a light rail project and spend more money on roads and highways.

Representatives of the railroad industry are suing California’s Air Resources Board over newly published rules that will ban older diesel locomotives beginning in 2030. The lawsuit claims that the agency does not have the authority to issue such rules.

The Philadelphia City Council has approved legislation designed to crack down on street racing and the Los Angeles Police Chief has announced his support for similar state legislation being debated in California

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