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Auto Care State Government Affairs Update: Mar. 2, 2023

by Tod Moore, Manager, Advocacy and Grassroots

 What's Moving? 

  • Maryland HB 1193, motor vehicles right to repair bill – The Auto Care Association will testify a hearing in the House Committee on Economic Matters on 3/8.
  • Maryland HB 712, right to repair bill aimed at farming equipment - The bill has been withdrawn. 
  • MontanaSB 501, revises insurance requirements relating to insurance and automobile repair - Was tabled in the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee and will not be considered again this year.
  • Utah HB 313, increases the penalty for specific metal thefts including catalytic converters - The bill has passed both the House and Senate and will be sent to the Governor for his consideration. 
  • Virginia SB 1135, would make it a Class 6 felony to sell or purchase a catalytic converter from a motor vehicle exhaust system unless the sale or purchase is made by a scrap metal purchaser - The bill is being sent to the Governor's office for his consideration.
  • Minnesota HF 30, would establish new penalties for catalytic converter theft and creates provisions for purchase requirements - The bill has been amended in the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and will be read by the Senate for a second time. 
  • Kansas HB 2326, would extend the sunset date on scrap metal theft reduction and add catalytic converters to the act - The bill has passed the House and has been introduced in the Senate. 
  • West Virginia SB 738, a right to repair bill for farm and forestry equipment - Has passed the Senate and will be sent to the House. 
  • Arkansas HB 1365, would amend current law to create offenses for catalytic converter theft - Has passed the House and now in the Senate House Transportation, Technology, and Legislative Affairs Committee.

State News This Week

All legislatures are in session except for Virginia, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana. Virginia's legislature adjourned last week, and Utah will adjourn this week.

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mark Rozzi (R) resigned this week, with new speaker Joanna McClinton (D) being sworn in.

California's COVID-19 state of emergency ended this week, joining most of the US. Only 5 states still have their emergency orders still: Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. 

Legislation We're Tracking

We are currently tracking 166 pieces of state legislation. Here are the bills we are watching closely:



Bill Number




SB 501

Revise insurance requirements relating to insurer and automobile repair

Has been tabled in the the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee. Will not advance in 2023.


HB 712

Consumer Protection - Right to Repair - Farm Equipment

Withdrawn by the sponsor


HB 1193

Consumer Protection - Motor Vehicles - Right to Repair

Hearing scheduled for March 8 in the House Economic Matters Committee


HB 920

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

Hearing scheduled for March 1 in the House Economic Matters Committee


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

Was passed by the Senate and is pending assignment to a House Committee


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.


SB 244

Right to Repair Act

Referred to the Judiciary Committee


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 referred to the Assembly Committees on Judiciary and on Transportation, tentative hearing scheduled for 3/9.


HB 23-1118

Fair Workweek Employment Standards

Referred to the Business Affairs and Labor Committee, had second reading with no amendments added


HB 23-1011

Consumer Right to Repair Agricultural Equipment

Introduced in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources 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


HD 557

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



HD 2473

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



HD 2473

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



HB 698

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

Read for the second time


HB 532

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

Referred to the House Emerging Issues Committee


HB 555

Establishes the offense of unlawful possession of a detached catalytic converter

Referred to the House Emerging Issues Committee


SB 92

Establishes the Missouri Rural Workforce Development Act

Reported out of the Senate Economic Development and Tax Policy Committee and placed on the Senate calendar


SB 347

Revise right to repair laws relating to agriculture



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

Reported with a "Do Pass" recommendation out of the Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee

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 Transportation Committee


SB 542

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

Hearing held on 2/14, no action taken


S 46

An act relating to the Vermont Fair Repair Act

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

West Virginia

SB 738

Equipment Right to Repair Act

Passed the Senate, has been introduced in the House

West Virginia

HB 3384

Agricultural Right to Repair Act

Referred to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Statehouse Reports

Maryland Governor Wes Moore (D) has prioritized minimum wage increases, however is facing pushback from the legislature. The proposal would tie minimum wage increases to inflation, but similar legislation has been rejected in the past.

Carvana went on the record supporting a bill in Illinois that would codify home vehicle delivery and e-signatures. The bill, SB 1896, provides that an Illinois licensed motor vehicle dealer can conduct sales activities, including the collection of electronic signatures, via the Internet and deliver vehicles to a customer.

After California enacted and will be implementing the first zero-emissions requirement for in-state cars, there are concerns about the availability of EV batteries. Supply chain and environmental toxins from mineral mining are among the many issues that could hold up the distribution of electric vehicles in the state.

Questions about state legislation? Email tod.moore@autocare.org



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