The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association (NWLCRA) met on May 7 at the Country Tavern Barbecue.
Mark Monroe, our president and Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning Collision instructor called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M., with a prayer and pledge of allegiance.
The Southern Automotive Repair Conference will be in New Orleans, LA, on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. This conference is hosted and organized by the Mississippi Collision Association. Bill Burnside of FinishMaster discussed several Legislative issues being discussed. HB 223 provides with respect to towing and storage licenses and fines. HB 546 eliminates the state inspection sticker requirement for certain vehicles. HB 311 is a Louisiana Motor Vehicle Insurance Cost Reduction and Fairness Act. HB 411 provides for insureds to have the option to choose a particular motor vehicle repair shop. HB 437 provides for motor vehicle repair estimates by insurers. HB 300 provides with respect to fees paid to the Public Service Commission by motor carriers (i.e., Wrecker Service). HB 229 provides with respect to the use of a wireless telecommunications device while operating a motor vehicle. These are just a few of the HB's Bill discussed.
Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning had winners in the SkillsUSA Collision Repair. Monroe said Hunter Bourque won Gold and Lakota Golden won Silver. Congratulations to the winners and all that competed. Bourque is now headed to the National event, which will be June 26-27, 2019, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. To help offset the costs, Chile's Restaurant on East Texas will donate a portion of their proceeds. You must mention it is for Bourque and BPSTIL for the National Skills USA. If you would like to make a monetary donation, contact Monroe by email. A motion was made by Burnside to have the NWLCRA donate $100.00. A second to the motion was made by Chris Shepherd. The motion was voted on and carried. He has also received an anonymous donation of $100.00. Monroe said they need approximately $25,000 to be able to take the students to the National event.