Category: Press Releases

ASA Encourages States to Ban Property, Casualty Insurers from Using Most Favored Nation Clauses

April 1st, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2013 – The state of Michigan recently approved Senate Bill 61 and Senate Bill 62, which were promptly signed by the governor. These bills address multiple health insurer issues including prohibiting Most Favored Nation (MFN) or customer clauses in health insurer contracts. The legislation did not address property and casualty insurers. “Although this legislation does not

Senate Banking Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Insurance Market Regulation

March 26th, 2013 by

Legislation Creates Federal Entity for Multistate Insurance Sales WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2013 – The U.S. Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment held a hearing recently titled “Streamlining Regulation, Improving Consumer Protection and Increasing Competition in Insurance Markets.” Witnesses present at the hearing included: •  The Hon. Monica J. Lindeen, commissioner of securities and insurance

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Holds Roundtable Conference

March 25th, 2013 by

Legislation Designed to Assist Small Businesses WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2013 – The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship recently held a roundtable conference titled “Helping Small Businesses Weather Economic Challenges and Natural Disasters: Review of Legislative Proposals on Access to Capital and Disaster Recovery.” The roundtable conference was led by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), chairwoman

Texas Franchise Bill Gets Hearing

March 19th, 2013 by

ASA Testifies in Support of Franchise Tax Equity Legislation WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2013 – A hearing was held yesterday, March 18, for Texas Franchise legislation, Texas House Bill 71. Currently, automotive service and collision repair shops owned and operated by new or used car dealerships are taxed at half the rate used to tax independent automotive

Maryland Legislator Introduces Crash Parts Procurement Legislation

March 11th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2013 – Maryland Delegate Mark N. Fisher (R-27B) has introduced House Bill 1375 regarding replacement parts for damaged vehicles. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Economic Matters. This bill includes language that prohibits an adjuster, appraiser, insurance producer or employee of an insurer from requiring a motor vehicle repair

Registration Open for ASA Annual Business Meeting

March 7th, 2013 by

COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS, March 7, 2013 – Registration is now open for the Automotive Service Association’s 2013 annual business meeting. An open meeting of the ASA board of directors will be held Saturday, April 20, at the Hurst Convention Center in Hurst, Texas. Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive, will deliver a state-of-the-association address during

Maine Legislator Introduces New Right to Repair Bill

March 7th, 2013 by

ASA opposes service info legislation similar to Massachusetts WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2013 – Recently, Maine Rep. Bernard L.A. Ayotte (R-3), introduced House Bill 539, Right to Repair legislation. This bill requires motor vehicle manufacturers to make available to vehicle owners and independent motor vehicle repair facilities diagnostic and repair information and equipment at no more than

Inspection, Maintenance Bill Introduced in Texas

March 6th, 2013 by

Legislation Provides for 5-Year Vehicle Exemption   WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6, 2013 – Recently, state Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-19) introduced Senate Bill 888 in Texas, legislation making extensive changes to the current state inspection and maintenance program for vehicles. Under the existing state inspection and maintenance program, vehicles are inspected every year. The bill includes provisions requiring that

Aftermarket Parts Bill Introduced in Vermont Includes Parts Use Restrictions

March 4th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2013 – Recently, Vermont State Rep. Bill Botzow (D-1) introduced House Bill 362, a bill that regulates the use of aftermarket parts in automobile repairs covered by insurance. The bill has been referred to Vermont’s House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. The language of the bill includes the following provisions: •  No insurer shall require the