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U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Overdue Federal Insurance Office Insurance Modernization Report

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12, 2013 – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO), today, released their long-awaited report on how to modernize and improve the system of insurance regulation in the United States.

The report was mandated as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The report was originally due in January 2012.  The Congress wanted the Department of Treasury’s FIO to review federal versus state regulation of insurance.

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U.S. Department of the Treasury Releases Federal Insurance Office Study

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12, 2013 – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO), today, released their long-awaited report on how to modernize and improve the system of insurance regulation in the United States.

The report was mandated as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The report was originally due in January 2012. The Congress wanted the Department of Treasury’s FIO to review federal versus state regulation of insurance.

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The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.

 


Contact: Kaitlyn Dwyer
(202) 543-1440
km.dwyer@att.net
For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 13.39

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works holds Hearing on Domestic Renewable Fuels

Recently, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works held a hearing on Domestic Renewable Fuels. The hearing is titled “Oversight Hearing on Domestic Renewable Fuels.”  The first panel of Witnesses included Chris Grundler, Director at the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Steven Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for renewable power at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. The second panel included Wesley K. Clark, co-chairman of the Board of Directors at Energy Growth, Jim Collins, Jr., Senior Vice President of Industrial Biosciences of Performance Polymers and Packaging & Industrial Polymers at DuPont, Charles T. Drevna, president at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Jon Holzfaster, owner and operator at Holzfaster Farm, Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Environmental Working Group, and Brooke Coleman, Executive Director at the Advanced Ethanol Council.

NHTSA Announces New 5-Year Traffic Safety Plan and Guidelines for Older Drivers and Passengers

Recently, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new strategic plan that will serve as a road map to ensure the safety of the growing population of older drivers and passengers.

Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20 percent and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21 percent, to 35 million licensed older drivers in 2012.

Data shows that older adults are at greater risk of dying or sustaining serious injuries, even in low-severity crashes.

To view NHTSA’s Traffic Safety for Older People-5 Year Plan, click here.

Massachusetts Passes Latest Right to Repair Bill

Bill Includes Heavy Duty Service Information for Independents

The Massachusetts legislature has completed its work on its latest Right to Repair bill, House Bill 3757, which includes heavy duty service information provisions for vehicles over 14,000 pounds.

See ASA’s full press release  

Read the full text of the bill

Download the Kennedy Amendment

 

The Environmental Protection Agency Announces it’s Proposing Lower Renewable-Fuels Target for 2014

The EPA has announced a proposal to lower Renewable-Fuel standards targets for 2014, revising the total renewable volume obligations downward for the first time. The 2014 mandate proposes a range of 15 billion to 15.52 billion gallons of biofuels are added to the U.S. fuel supply next year, recommending a target of 15.21 billion gallons within that range.

To view the EPA issued release, click here

Michigan House and Senate Insurance Committees

Michigan House Committee on Insurance:

Republicans:

Pete Lund (R) (PeteLund@house.mi.gov) Committee Chair, 36th District, Detroit, MI

Tom Leonard (R) (TomLeonard@house.mi.gov) Majority Vice-Chair, 93rd District, Clinton County and portions of Gratiot County, MI

Cindy Denby (R) (CindyDenby@house.mi.gov) 47th District, Livingston County, MI

Kevin Cotter (R) (KevinCotter@house.mi.gov) 99th District, Isabella County and Midland County, MI

Ben Glardon (R) (BenGlardon@house.mi.gov) 85th District, Shiawassee County and portions of Saginaw County, MI

Ken Goike (R) (KenGoike@house.mi.gov) 33rd District, Armada, Lenox, Ray and Richmond townships, portions of Macomb township, Memphis city and the city of Richmond, MI

Andrea LaFontaine (R) (AndreaLaFontaine@house.mi.gov) 32nd District, portions of Macomb and St. Clair Counties, MI

Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R) (LisaLyons@house.mi.gov) 86th District, portions of Kent and Ionia County, MI

Aric Nesbitt (R) (AricNesbitt@house.mi.gov) 66th District, Van Buren County and portions of Kalamazoo County, MI

Margaret O’Brien (R) (MargaretOBrien@house.mi.gov) 61st District, city of Portage and townships of Oshtemo, Prairie Ronde, Schoolcraft and Texas, MI

Democrats:

Kate Segal (D) (katesegal@house.mi.gov) Minority Vice-Chair, 62nd District, Calhoun County, MI

Ellen Lipton (D) (ellenlipton@house.mi.gov) 27th District, Oakland County, MI

Theresa Abed (D) (theresaabed@house.mi.gov) 71st District, Eaton County, MI

Tom Cochran (D) (TomCochran@house.mi.gov) 67th District, Ingham County, MI

Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) (marciahoveywright@house.mi.gov) 92nd District, Muskegon County

 

Michigan Senate Committee on Insurance:

Republicans:

Joe Hune (R) (mailto:SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov) Committee Chair, 22nd District, Livingston, Shiawassee and the southern part of Ingham Counties

Jim Marleau (R) (jimmarleau@senate.michigan.gov) Majority Vice Chair, 12th District, Oakland County

Jack Brandenburg (R) (SenJBrandenburg@senate.michigan.gov) 11th District, Northern Macomb County

Geoff Hansen (R) (SenGHansen@senate.michigan.gov) 34th District, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Mason, and Michigan counties

David B Robertson (R) (SenDRobertson@senate.michigan.gov) 26th District, Genessee County and Oakland County

Democrats:

Virgil Smith (D) (SenVSmith@senate.michigan.gov) Minority Vice Chair, 4th District, portions of Wayne county and Detroit

Steven M Bieda (D) (SenSBieda@senate.michigan.gov) 9th District, portions of Macomb County

New Studies Suggest ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Ineffective as Economic Stimulus; Recommends Program Not be Repeated

ASA Opposed Cash for Clunkers Program

 WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 5, 2013 – A new analysis from the Brookings Institution’s Ted Gayer and Emily Parker found the Cash for Clunkers initiative was inefficient as an economic stimulus and only pulled forward auto sales that would have happened regardless of the Cash for Clunkers initiative.

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