Right to repair gains support at state level

March 30, 2007

Support of right to repair legislation is growing at the state level. Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Nevada and Oklahoma are all considering right to repair laws, according to the Automotove Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).

"Members of Congress and their staffs are watching closely as more and more states join the Right to Repair battle," says AAIA CEO and President Kathleen Schmatz.

In response to the growing grassroots efforts, AAIA is anticipating a large turnout of aftermarket representatives from around the country at its Aftermarket Legislative Summit, which will be held June 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

"We need as many supporters from the aftermarket as possible to come to the nation's capital, speaking loudly and with one voice, to tell legislators that our industry is taking a stand on protecting consumer rights and preserving competition in the repair market," explains Aaron Lowe, vice president, government affairs, AAIA.

"The Aftermarket Legislative Summit provides an opportunity for aftermarket professionals to come to Capitol Hill to meet with key congressional leaders and discuss issues that affect and impact their businesses," say AAIA officials.

"There is no registration fee to attend and AAIA staff will schedule meetings with attendees' lawmakers. All that is required of participants is a day-and-a-half of their time and a commitment to voice their concerns to the men and women who are elected to represent them."

For more information summit, go to AAIA's Web site at www.aftermarket.org or contact Alexis Walters at (301)654-6664. Registration deadline is May 1.