In honor of the Fourth of July, we thought we’d give you a little roundup of what’s been going on in the state and federal governments and judicial systems sparked by the Founding Fathers more than 200 years ago.
In some cases, the democratic process has produced some big wins for auto body shops; in others, it’s better luck next session. Some items are still going through the system, and collision repairer professionals might want to exercise their First Amendment rights of free speech, free assembly, and petitioning the government to encourage officials to adopt a shop-friendly policy.
Here’s some of our recent coverage. Just because a particular item isn’t tied to your own state government doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. Often times, one Legislature or interest group’s action will serve as a model for a similar effort in another state.
R.I. parts, procedures bills have cleared both houses; one version has auto glass exemption (Editor’s note: The glass exemption was later passed by the Senate too.)
IABA ‘blindsided’ by distortion of Ind. SB 164, pulls support (Editor’s note: The Senate dissented from the House changes.)
AP: Unemployed almost equal open jobs; shops, other employers might need to up wages to compete (Editor’s note: The U.S. later reached the stat of more job openings than unemployed workers.)
Happy Fourth of July! (LeoPatrizi/iStock)
The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion is shown. (Provided by Department of Labor)