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U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

The hearing took place on January 24, 2018. Committee members addressed self-driving and other auto technologies as well as issues on the horizon for lawmakers and regulators.


  • Dr. Randy Avent, President, Florida Polytechnic University
  • Mr. Tim Kentley-Klay, CEO and Co-Founder, Zoox, Inc.
  • Mr. Mike Mansuetti, President, Robert Bosch North America, Robert Bosch LLC
  • Mr. Luke Schneider, President, Audi Mobility U.S.

Click here to watch the hearing.


Anti-Safety Inspection Bill Introduced in Missouri

Missouri Representative J. Eggleston (R-2) recently introduced House Bill (HB) 1444. If enacted, this legislation will repeal Missouri’s vehicle safety inspection program.

Missouri and other state studies have shown the value of these vehicle safety inspection programs in terms of saving lives, preventing injuries and damage to property. Regular vehicle safety inspections by a qualified technician can identify and repair most safety issues that arise from normal wear and tear on the vehicle. If enacted, this bill will eliminate a program specifically designed to protect the motoring public.

ASA encourages all interested parties in Missouri to click here to contact their state representatives in opposition.


U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Healthcare Through Small Business Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to expand the opportunity to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans.

As proposed, the rule would:

  • Allow employers to form a Small Business Health Plan on the basis of geography or industry. A plan could serve employers in a state, city, county, or a multi-state metro area, or it could serve all the businesses in a particular industry nationwide;
  • Allow sole proprietors to join Small Business Health Plans, clearing a path to access health insurance for the millions of uninsured Americans who are sole proprietors or the family of sole proprietors.

The NPRM will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 5, 2018, and be available for public comment for 60 days. For more information, click here.

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