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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


OSHA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Silica Rule to Provide Additional Time for Public Input

The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is extending the public comment period for an additional 47 days on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica. To view more information click here.

FY 2013 Highway Safety Funding

Recently a document NHTSA sent to states explaining why most were ineligible for federal money surfaced. Around half of the 38 state applicants were turned back because their state law didn’t specify that drivers can’t text while the car is stationary, as driving is defined in federal law as piloting a vehicle, even “while temporarily stationary.” Several other states were rejected because their laws are specific to phones and other devices like tablets weren’t included. States also faced problems over “texting” and didn’t have laws that were specific enough to meet the federal definition. There was also a problem with exemptions for school bus drivers and doctors, some state laws didn’t specify that the exemption from the texting ban is only for contacting emergency services. To see GHSA’s (Governors Highway Safety Association) breakdown of how much each state got from the distracted driving and other safety grants click here.