Auto Care State Government Affairs Update: Mar. 9, 2023
· Kansas HB 2326, would extend the sunset date on scrap metal theft reduction and add catalytic converters to the act - The bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 14 at 10:30am.
· Nevada AB 262, would give state agencies preference to the purchase of vehicles and fuels - Has been introduced and referred to the House Committee on Growth and Infrastructure.
· Arkansas HB 1365, would amend current law to create offenses for catalytic converter theft - Has passed both chambers and is being sent to the Governor's office for enactment.
· Illinois SB 2399, would repeal language making provisions for reassignment by dealers also applicable to salvage certificates - Has passed the Transportation Committee with a Do Pass recommendation and was placed on the Senate calendar.
· Florida SB 422, a right to repair bill for agricultural equipment - Has been introduced in the Senate.
· Florida H 533, a right to repair bill for agricultural equipment - Has been referred to the Regulatory Reform and Economic Development Subcommittee in the Commerce Committee.
· Texas HB 1606, a right to repair bill for electronic equipment - Has been referred to the House Business and Industry Committee.
· Texas HB 515, a right to repair bill for electronic equipment - Has been referred to the House Business and Industry Committee. Auto Care has submitted testimony requesting an amendment to include the automotive aftermarket.· Mississippi HB 588, the MS Workforce Training and Education Act - Has passed both the House and Senate and will be sent to the Governor's office.
State News This Week
All states are in session, except for Utah, Wyoming, Louisiana, and Virginia.
Florida and Alabama begin their sessions this week. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) delivered her state of the state address to begin Alabama's 2023 session. She requested a special session on tax rebates and also emphasized the need to improve funding for K-12 education. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) also made his state of the state speech, and announced he will be making a stop in Iowa with Governor Kim Reynolds (R) for a panel discussion.
The Auto Care Association went to Annapolis this week to testify on HB 1193, a right to repair bill. The legislation was heard in the Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters (see the Fiscal and Policy Note).
Legislation We're Tracking
The American Farm Bureau and CNH Industrial brands, Case IH and New Holland signed an MOU on the right to repair. CNH Industrial brands information and parts are now accessible to farmers and independent repair facilities.
A Massachusetts court filing confirmed that they will be enforcing the new right to repair law starting June 1. The law was approved by voters in 2020. Some car manufacturers have stopped including wireless technology to avoid the right to repair regulations.
The Michigan House passed a repeal of the right-to-work law, which would repeal the option for workers in unionized jobs to choose whether they should pay union dues and fees.
States are beginning to take action to mitigate widespread workforce shortages. In Virginia, Governor Glen Youngkin (R) signed a bill into law that would allow 85 occupational licenses issued in other states to also practice in Virginia. Meanwhile, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) is looking to alleviate large workforce shortages by turning toward automation and large machinery to fill the jobs. New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) announced that the State Office of Strategic Workforce Development has over $7 million in grants to fund training of workers in advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, and construction
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