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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 17:21

ASCCA/CAA Takes On the Capitol at 2018 Annual Legislative Day

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From left, Rick Lezcano, the owner of Simply Superior Auto Body in Concord, CA, and ASCCA/CAA Political Analyst Jack Molodanof network at ASCCA/CAA Joint Legislative Day held on April 24 in Sacramento. From left, Rick Lezcano, the owner of Simply Superior Auto Body in Concord, CA, and ASCCA/CAA Political Analyst Jack Molodanof network at ASCCA/CAA Joint Legislative Day held on April 24 in Sacramento.

Every year, the California Autobody Association co-hosts CAA/ASCCA/Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day as automotive repair industry members in the Golden State convene at the Capitol in Sacramento to let their voices be heard. 

On April 24, 80 collision and mechanical repairers were on hand at the Capitol Event Center to discuss crucial issues that can affect their businesses in one way or another while preparing to meet with their representatives.  


Body shops are opposed to AB 2276 (Burke), the Auto Body Labor Rate Survey Bill that allows insurers to conduct an "alternative labor rate survey" but eliminates standards set forth in the CDI regulations that produce consistent, accurate and reliable labor rate results. It instead allows insurers to skew the results in a manner that will suppress market rates. 


"On behalf of the CAA, we must regretfully oppose AB 2276, the successor to AB 1679 which failed earlier this year in the Assembly Appropriations Committee," CAA stated in a letter to Assembly member Burke, the bill's author. "Although AB 2276 offers improvement over AB 1679, concerns are still present and the bill remains fundamentally flawed." 


ASCCA/CAA Political Analyst  Jack Molodanof  always opens with a joke or humorous anecdote, but after that he’s all business. Coaching the members of ASCCA/CAA about how to approach their local representatives is always crucial, which is why Molodanof always sets down the rules first. By strategically scheduling appointments throughout the Capitol’s offices all day long, ASCCA/CAA members break into smaller groups to cover as much territory as possible and then hit the halls immediately after their morning briefing. 


Speakers this year included Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (San Luis Obispo), who discussed AB 1743 (O'Donnell), the Career Tech Education (CTE) Incentive Grants Bill; Betty Jo Toccoli, California Small Business Association; and Pat Dorais, Bureau of Automotive Repair.  


Cunningham discussed AB 1743 and the importance of CTE in California. 


"CTE programs like auto shop have the potential [to engage] students who may be otherwise disengaged and at risk of dropping out," he said. "These programs provide hands-on learning and can lead to solid careers down the road, so we need to keep funding these programs and make them available to our young people. It's important to the future of our workforce, and that's why AB 1743 is so important. By providing $500 million annually to these programs, this is a vital bill and we need to support it in every way we can."

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