Texas Governor Rick Perry has named Mike Geeslin as the state's Insurance Commissioner. The commissioner oversees the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), which regulates the insurance industry.
The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) announced that online registration is live and open at www.NACEexpo.com.
The California Air Quality Review Board (CARB) is holding a series of public meetings to elicit feedback on its proposed statewide regulations for auto refinishing. The proposed rules would set a tougher standard for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) than are in place today and would standardize rules throughout the state.
Volkswagen of America, Inc. will pay $1.1 million to resolve its failure to promptly notify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to correct a defective oxygen sensor affecting at least 329,000 of their 1999, 2000 and 2001 Golfs, Jettas, and New Beetles, according to federal officials. This is the largest civil penalty to date for this type of violation.
In an overwhelming 22 to 5 vote, members of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Property and Casualty committee agreed to continue their effort to protect consumers from both the "car company parts monopoly" and "poor quality aftermarket parts." After hearing testimony from both sides, the group created a special committee to address the issues necessary to develop a model bill on certified aftermarket crash parts that could be introduced in state legislatures around the country.
The California Department of Con-sumer Affairs' Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has revoked the automotive repair dealer registration of California Collision Center, 3029 Enterprise Street, after an investigation found multiple violations of California law governing the auto repair industry.
Mentors@Work is once again searching for the best of the best mentors in the collision repair business. The national mentoring organization seeks nominations from the industry for its annual "Mentor Of The Year" award. This award will be presented to the individual who has shown exceptional skill teaching and training new technician talent for the collision repair industry.
The California Senate Banking, Finance, and Insurance committee heard testimony in July in Sacramento concerning Assembly Bill 303 (AB 303) - a bill that would allow insurance companies to take over as the customer in the collision repair process.