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Legislative Update: What’s on tap for bills that can impact auto repair

More than 2,600 new legislative bills were introduced this year alone — here’s what the California Autobody Association is keeping an eye on

Sacramento, Calif.—The State legislature introduced more than 2,600 new bills this year. Many bills introduced so far are “spot bills,” meaning they are place holders to be amended later, as recently reported by the California Autobody Association (CAA). 

The bills will start making their way through the legislative process, and as the session moves forward, CAA will continue to monitor the bills, including amendments and will add to the list. Here’s the breakdown.

Catalytic Converter Theft 

AB 641 — Catalytic Converters — Revises the definition of automotive dismantler to include a person who keeps two or more used catalytic converters that have been cut from a vehicle using a sharp instrument.

AB 1519 — Catalytic Converters — Requires Auto Repair Dealers (ARDs) that install or replace catalytic converters to permanently mark with VIN; Requires smog check stations to visually inspect vehicles and determine whether the catalytic converter is marked with the VIN and notify the customer whether the converter is permanently marked.

SB 55 — Prohibits a dealer from selling a new vehicle with a catalytic converter unless the converter has been engraved or etched with the VIN.

Career Technical Educational 

AB 290 — Career Tech Education — increases funding to $450 million each year. 

AB 377 — Career Tech Education — increases funding to $450 million each year.  

AB 1189 — Career Technical Education — Declares the intent to establish legislation requiring school districts maintaining grades 7-12, to offer Career Technical Education. 

AB 1346 — States the intent to enact legislation relating to Career Education and Career Guidance.

Bureau of Automotive Repair 

AB 1263  Bureau of Automotive Repair — Requires the BAR to send specified newsletters at least three times a year.

Hazardous Waste  

AB 407 — Used Oil — Deletes the criterion that used oil not be subject to regulation as used oil under federal law.  

AB 1614 — Gas Fueling Stations — Requires State Water Resources to conduct a study on how to phase out the existence of gas fueling stations.

AB 1716 — Hazardous Waste Management — Extends risk management prevention program by an operator of station source that is engaged in a manufacturing lithium battery.


AB 518 — Paid Family leave — Expands eligibility benefits for paid family leave. 

AB 1100 — Employment Workweek — Declares the intent to establish a 4-day workweek. 

SB 616 — Paid Sick Days — Modifies employer sick leave and requires an employee have no less than 56 hours of accrued sick leave.

SB 703 — Permits a nonexempt employee to request a flexible work schedule providing up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek without to obligation to pay overtime.

Vehicle Batteries

AB 1579 — Vehicle Batteries — States intent to enact legislation that beginning 2035, electric vehicles used for state purposes to be equipped with lithium-ion batteries that are sourced from operations with near zero carbon footprints.

SB 615 — Requires an automotive repair dealer to be responsible for ensuring responsible end-of-life management of an electric battery once it is removed from a vehicle. 

Zero Emissions Aftermarket 

SB 301 — Zero-Emission Aftermarket — Requires CARB to establish the Zero Emissions Aftermarket project to provide an applicant with a rebate for a vehicle that has been converted to a zero-emission vehicle. 

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