ARA Grassroots Network
Become an Automotive Recycler's Advocate!
As an automotive recycler and small business owner in your community, you are uniquely qualified to communicate with your elected federal and state representatives and help them understand the value of recycled auto parts. It is important that decision makers have access to valid, reliable information about quality recycled auto parts -- and hearing from ARA members is the first step. Concerns expressed by constituents help influence a legislator's position. When professional automotive recyclers across the country speak with one consistent voice, our industry has more influence and impact on decision makers.
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The majority of state legislatures have adjourned for the 2013 legislative session. Nine states (California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) will be in and out of formal session for the remainder of the year. It has been a busy year for the industry and ARA, along with its affiliated state chapters, has diligently monitored, tracked and responded to legislation in all 50 states that could have impacted the professional automotive recycling industry and the operation of ARA member businesses. To recieve the most up-to-date information about legislative and regulatory activities in your state, join ARA's Grassroots Network by contacting Director of State Government and Grassroots Affairs, Jessica Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org, 571-208-0428), or fill out the information at the bottom of this page.
An overview of recent activity is below.
Several states took steps to address scrap metal theft and regulate the sale and processing of scrap metal this year. ARA activity has focused on how any proposed licensing and reporting requirements may impact automotive recyclers. Scrap metal bills were introduced in several states, including: Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington.
Legislation targeting the manufacture, distribution, sale, and installation of counterfeit airbags was introduced in Maryland, Connecticut, New Mexico, New York and Ohio this year. While legislators in Maryland and New Mexico adjourned without passing legislation, elected officials in Connecticut and New York both sent bills to their Governors' office to be signed into law. ARA along with its affiliated state chapters in Connecticut and New York worked with the bill sponsors and other stakeholders to secure passage of both pieces of legislation. In Ohio, House Bill 177 has passed the House in late June and has been sent to the Senate for deliberation.
Legislators in Ohio are once again discussing their state's salvage vehicle laws. As expected, legislators again introduced a bill to open the state's salvage vehicle auctions to persons other than licensed motor vehicle salvage dealers. House Bill 128 was introduced on April 16 and contains many identical provisions to Senate Bill 273 from the 2012 legislative session. Last year the Ohio House of Representatives adjourned in mid-December without casting a vote on SB 273, marking the end of an extensive grassroots advocacy effort on the part of Ohio's professional automotive recyclers. HB 128 was introduced by a current and past member of the House Insurance Committee. Stakeholder meetings began in May.
Grassroots and Government Affairs Resources
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