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April 24, 2023

Auto Care Association State Government Affairs Update: April 24, 2023

by Tod Moore, Manager, Advocacy and Grassroots

What's Moving:

  • Texas SB 1654, right to repair for electronic enabled agricultural equipment – Was heard by the Senate Water, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs Committee. It was a spirited conversation with witnesses in support and opposition. From the start of the hearing, it was clear the bill will be sent to an interim study committee in 2024 for consideration in 2025. Committee staff wrote a bill analysis that can be found here. 
  • Texas SB 1083, a bill creating a preference for OEM parts and repairs – was approved by the full Senate via voice vote and is being sent to the House. California SB 244, a right to repair act for digital consumer goods - Was passed out of the Judiciary Committee and will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on 4/24. The hearing featured testimony from the FTC on their report Nix the Fix and why the bill is important in their view. Oklahoma SB 593, a bill that would prohibit a manufacturer from denying a claim for chargeback against an auto dealer - Has been sent to the Governor to be signed into law. 
  • North Dakota SB 2299, regulates scrap metal dealer registration and catalytic converter sales - Enacted into law by Governor Burgum. 
  • Kansas HB 2326, which would extend the sunset date on scrap metal theft reduction act and clarify that catalytic converters are included in the act - Has been signed into law by the Governor. A short summary of the bill is here. 
  • Missouri HB 37, a catalytic converter regulation bill - Has passed the House and is being sent to the Senate. 
  • Iowa HF 713, a bill that would put regulations on transactions for used catalytic converters - Has passed the House and is being sent to the Senate. 
  • Florida SB 306, the Catalytic Converter Antitheft Act - Has passed the Senate and added to the House 3rd reading calendar. 
  • California AB 1519, which would prohibit tampering with VIN on catalytic converters - Has passed the Assembly Committee on Transportation and will be referred to the Committee on Public Safety. 
  • California AB 641, a bill that defines automobile dismantler and puts regulation on selling catalytic converters - Has passed the Assembly Committee on Transportation and will be sent to the Appropriations Committee. 
  • Texas HB 3352, regulates used and scrap tires - Has been passed out of the Environmental Regulation Committee and reported favorably without amendments 
  • Montana HB 255, a catalytic converter bill - Was passed back to the House after being amended in the Senate. 
  • State News This Week

    12 states are out of session. Maine is in special session.

    Washington state will be adjourning this Sunday, and lawmakers are focused this week on passing legislation as well as on amending existing bills to pass both chambers.

    New York lawmakers are currently embroiled in budget negotiations, passing a short stopgap measure to ensure state-paid employees continue to get paid. They have reached a tentative deal around bail reform, however Assembly Democrats are still working on a deal with the Governor's office around housing reform. 

    Arizona lawmakers will be taking a week off next week, yet will continue to work on the budget and other urgent matters. With the suspension of member Rep. Liz Harris, the GOP does not have the 31st member needed for a party-line vote. However, Governor Hobbs and the GOP-controlled legislature are close to reaching a bipartisan budget deal

    Legislation We're Tracking

    We are currently tracking 200 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

    Passed the Judiciary Committee and has been re-referred to the Appropriations 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 re-referred to the Committee on Transportation with amendments


    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 been sent to the Governor, legislature has adjourned


    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

    Has been re-referred to the House Committee on Rural Development


    HB 532

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

    Has been committed to House Legislative Review


    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 been enacted into law

    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.

    Continued to be considered in a Senate Work Session held through 4/4

    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

    Has passed the Senate and received by the House


    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

    The Ohio Ballot Board unanimously approved a proposal that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. This will now be a ballot measure in the 2024 elections. 

    Minnesota House Democrats passed a $1 billion climate and energy package that includes provisions around zero greenhouse gas emissions, restrictions on PFAS, and establishing of a green bank. The plan will now move to the Senate. 

    In Iowa, residents will be up against a $5 million cap in pain and suffering damages in lawsuits that involve trucks or other commercial vehicles. The bill is being sent to the Governor for her signature into law, and would aim to protect trucking businesses against high insurance costs. However, some lawmakers are opposed claiming the bill puts a price on human life and well-being. 

    For questions, email govaffairs@autocare.org.



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