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News   June 17, 2016   by Steve Pawlett

AASA and MERA Laud Michigan Gov. Snyder’s Veto of HB 4344


The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) applaud Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for his veto of HB 4344, “The Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act,” citing concerns about the measure’s negative impact on the automotive aftermarket industry. AASA and MERA are divisions of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

In his letter to Michigan legislators, Snyder said, “I am unable to sign this bill because it overreaches in the limitation of aftermarket parts negatively impacting consumers and creating the potential for negative consequences for Michigan’s automotive industry.”

“We commend Governor Snyder for this veto, which ensures motorists’ freedom of choice about their vehicle’s service and repair,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer. “This is a major victory for our members, who spoke out against this measure and the harmful impact it would have had on the jobs and economic contributions that the full service aftermarket suppliers make to Michigan’s economy.”

“Governor Snyder’s action today preserves consumer choice and ensures robust and open competition in Michigan’s automotive service and repair sector,” said John Chalifoux, MERA president and chief operating officer. “I am proud of our members who effectively voiced their concerns about the bill’s potential to impede competition and limit access to high quality remanufactured parts for Michigan drivers.”

Snyder’s letter announcing the veto noted the important contributions of the aftermarket and remanufacturing to Michigan’s economy. “As Michigan continues its comeback and continues to be a leader in promoting new technology in the automotive industry, it is imperative that we ensure all components of that industry can remain strong, including Michigan’s robust aftermarket parts industry.”

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