ARA members from nearly 30 states were in Washington, D.C. on April 18-19, 2016 to attend the 9th Annual State Legislative Summit and ARA Hill Day. Held at the popular W Hotel next to the White House, attendees spent the two days
On Monday, April 18 ARA members focused on state legislative issues impacting the professional automotive recycling industry. The State Legislative Summit began with an overview of the past Summits along with a listing of legislative accomplishments. Roundtable discussions followed with comprehensive updates from all attendees, including legislative successes and challenges faced by automotive recyclers in their particular state, along with active legislation and state association goals. There was substantive discussion throughout and afterward several top legislative issues impacting automotive recyclers at the state level were identified, including titling practices across the country, the danger of counterfeit parts, and over-regulation by local and state governments.
On April 19 ARA members visited with their Congressional representatives. More than 60 meetings took place, over 20 of which were held in person with Members of Congress. ARA members urged lawmakers to support the introduction of legislation requiring that automakers provide professional automotive recyclers with all parts data. Early reports back from attendees indicate a great deal of interest and ARA staff will be following up with each office.
Another special event that took place on Hill Day was the presentation of ARA’s Congressional Champion Awards. In the House, the award went to Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) who introduced and worked to get adopted the requirement that automobile manufacturers provide OEM parts data for recalled parts, that is now law. In the Senate, ARA member Shannon Nordstrom of Nordstrom’s Automotive in South Dakota, along with ARA CEO Michael Wilson and Director of Policy Delanne Bernier, presented Senator John Thune (R-SD) with the first ever ARA Senate Congressional Champion Award. Senator Thune is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and he and his staff accepted the Kinzinger amendment in the final FAST Act compromise language.
A special thanks go out to all those ARA members that attended these annual Association events and helped advocate for the professional automotive recycling industry!