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California Autobody Association eyes bills as they make way through legislative process

CAA is continuing to monitor bills closely, provide analysis and updates as the session moves forward

Sacramento, Calif.—The California Autobody Association (CAA) recently provided its Legislative & Regulatory Update for March, noting that more than 2,300 bills were introduced this year. The bills will now make their way through the legislative committee process. As the session moves along, many of the bills will be significantly amended, CAA reported.

“We will continue to monitor closely, provide analysis and updates as the session moves forward,” CAA stated in an email. Below is a short CAA summary of some of the key bills/areas and regulations it is tracking. To learn more as bills advance and how to join CAA, visit www.calautobody.com.

LEGISLATIVE BILLS

Bureau of Automotive Repair. AB 471Support. This is a significant bill for the industry which will, among other things, allow BAR to collect educational and training certificate information from automotive repair dealers (ARDs) to provide to consumers, create an independent panel to review citation appeals, provide for remedial training (e.g., “traffic school”) for ARD’s that receive citation and combines the current brake and lamp program and renames it the Vehicle Safety Inspection Program.; AB 220, smog check exemptions.

Towing & Storage. AB 294Oppose, unless amended. The bill treats ARDs as towing and storage yards and moves them under a new regulatory Towing and Storage Board. The bill also prohibits ARD’s from charging fair and reasonable rates for any storage.

Employment Bills. Concerns. Several bills including AB 95, employment bereavement (10 days without pay); AB 572, minimum wage violations; AB 995, extending paid sick leave days (3 days to 10 days); AB 1003, making it a crime for failure to pay wages.

Covid-19 Bills. AB 62, income tax credits for cost to comply with Covid-19; AB 743, business interruption insurance coverage for Covid-19; AB 247 & AB 1313, Covid-19 immunity from civil liability; AB 80, Deductibility of expenses paid (up to 150k) for forgiven PPP loan.

Hazardous Waste Bills. Concerns. Several bills including, AB 1, which creates a new regulatory board and increases hazardous waste fees. The other companion bills include SB 42, Board of Environmental Safety; SB 502, green chemistry; SB 575, waste facility permits and AB 870, hazardous material
liens.

Career Tech Bills. AB 299, career technical education apprenticeship grant program; AB 839, career technical education incentive grant program.

REGULATIONS

BAR -Cite & Fine Regulations. BAR is proposing to expand the citation and fine disciplinary process. Currently, cite and fine is used for smog violations and unlicensed activity. Expanding cite and fine authority to apply to all ARD’s would provide BAR field representatives with the ability to issue citations and fines (up to $5,000 per violation). Concerns have been raised by the industry. Status. A workshop is expected after the next BAR Advisory Committee meeting on April 22, 2021.

California Energy Commission (CEC) Regulations. The CEC has been collecting information to create regulations to increase tire efficiency and reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. Proposed regulations would create a tire rating system and minimum replacement tire efficiency standards (e.g., lower rolling resistance).

Concerns have been raised that creating a California compliant tire requirement would increase costs to consumers, cause confusion for consumers and produce additional tire waste due to decrease in the average tire life. The CEC regulation proposal expected sometime later this year.


About the CAA
The CAA is a non-profit trade association comprised of over 1,000 individual and independent businesses within the automobile collision repair industry. The mission of the California Autobody Association is to enable the auto body industry to survive and prosper by helping its members produce a quality repair for the consumer at a fair price for a fair profit
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