Legislative Update

June 20, 2024

by Seth Maiman
AGSC Director of Public Affairs

AGSC issues periodic electronic Legislative Alerts on federal and state legislation to its members informing them of bills that are introduced that may affect the auto glass services industry. AGSC’s legislative staff tracks these bills and issues updated alerts as necessary. These alerts can be accessed from the Legislative Alerts box on the AGSC website homepage and are also listed, state by state, HERE.

Two recent issues are worth noting:

A legislative effort in Maine to undo key parts of the 2023 voter-passed Right to Repair law was defeated. The Maine law, effective January 1, 2024, requires manufacturers to equip vehicles with an interactive telematics system.  The Maine Attorney General is creating an independent entity to oversee access to the vehicle-generated data, and a system is scheduled to be in place by the start of 2025.  Right to repair opponents sought to eliminate the standardized platform required of manufacturers that will store the data to be shared with vehicle owners and their chosen independent mechanics.  However, while the legislative effort to amend the law passed the Maine House, it was defeated in the Maine Senate in April so the law will remain in place as passed by the voters.

A new U.S. act might require auto glass services companies to report business ownership information to a federal office by the end of the year. The 2024 federal law, the U.S. Corporate Transparency Act, went into effect on January 1, 2024.  It requires all companies, with certain exceptions, to file a Business Ownership Information report to the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) identifying beneficial ownership.  The purpose of the law, targeting primarily small businesses, is to prevent illegal activity, such as money laundering, by anonymously owned entities.  Auto glass service companies unsure of their reporting obligations under the new law are advised to consult with accounting and/or legal professionals for guidance.

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