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 Judy Chu, Calif. BOE
    The issue of paint capping has been making its way through the courtrooms and into the offices of the California Board of Equalization in a fight for regulation of this illegal act. Paint capping is interfering with a customer’s right to choose a body shop and as a result, driving lawsuits from small claims court to Superior Court. The act of capping is also cheating the state out of an estimated $50 million in sales tax based on the paint and materials that are used, but not credited.
    In honor of 25 years of excellence in the collision industry, I-CAR presented the I-CAR Industry Excellence award to the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). I-CAR President & CEO Tom McGee presented the award to SCRS Executive Director Dan Risley, Wednesday, April 11, at the SCRS 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, GA.
    Travelers announced the opening of its flagship Claim University training facility in Windsor, Conn. The 108,000 square-foot educational facility is designed to give Travelers’ claim professionals the in-depth training and expertise they need to provide knowledgeable, accurate and efficient claim service for customers and agents.
    Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc. recently announced that it has acquired the assets of Auto Panels Plus, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Auto Panels recorded sales of approximately $5 million for the twelve months ended March 31, 2007 and operates locations in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
    The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has launched its new health insurance trust plan for members, which provides convenient access to a number of different health plans. Called the Automotive Industry Health Insurance Trust (A-HIT), this important new benefit will be available nationwide by the end of the year, with the initial rollout to cover members in Texas, Kansas and Missouri.
    Automotive repair shop licensing legislation has been introduced in both the Texas state Senate and the Texas state House of Representatives.
    Senate Bill 1120 was introduced by Texas Sen. John Carona, (R-16), and House Bill 2211 by state Rep. Jim Murphy, (R-133). These are companion bills.