2019 State Legislative Update

Below are some of the pending “priority bills” that the Auto Care Association is tracking at the state level. For more information on these bills, contact Tom Tucker, director, state affairs, at tom.tucker@autocare.org.

Missouri – House Bill 451 | This bill would repeal the requirement that all vehicles must obtain a vehicle safety inspection in order to be licensed.

  • Position: Oppose
  • Status: Committee has approved; moves to a floor vote.

Montana – Senate Bill 251 | This bill would require auto repair shops to conduct repairs in accordance with all directives from the OEMs.

  • Position: Oppose
  • Status: Expected to pass committee; however, a similar bill was heard and not voted on in the House.

New Jersey – Senate Bill 1712 | This bill would require vehicle manufacturers to provide notice to new vehicle purchases or leasees of their rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

  • Position: Support
  • Status: Committee passed unanimously.

Hawaii – Senate Bill 823 | This bill would require insurers to provide the consumer a choice of OEM crash parts or aftermarket crash parts. If the consumer chooses the OEM part, the consumer shall not be required to pay the additional cost for repairs using that OEM part.

  • Position: Oppose
  • Status: Committee will hear bill on Feb. 21 and it is expected to pass.

New Hampshire – House Bill 664 | This bill would require an insurer to reimburse an automobile repairer for all repairs if the repairer follows OEM-recommended collision repair procedures.

  • Position: Support with amendment
  • Status: An amendment has been submitted to exempt certain parts from the OEM-recommended procedure. The committee heard the bill and the amendment was received favorably.

California – Assembly Bill 142 | This bill would increase the amount of the manufacturer lead-acid battery fee to $2 and enable the fee to continue indefinitely.

  • Position: None
  • Status: The bill has been referred to a committee. Auto Care is working with an industry coalition to determine fiscal impact and industry position.

New York – Assembly Bill 2208 | This bill would enact the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, which establishes labeling requirements for cleaning products that contain hazardous ingredients.

  • Position: Oppose
  • Status: No action to date.