ASCCA, CalABC and CAA make annual pilgrimage to Capitol
Sacramento Calif.— Every year in April, the Automotive Service Councils of California, California Automotive Business Coalition and California Autobody Association co-host Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day to interact with their local politicians. It’s all about building relationships as shop owners from all over the state convened at the Capitol Event Center on April 23, to devise a strategy before meeting with their representatives and discuss important bills.
The day-long event opened with comments from Lobbyist Jack Molodanof, as he reviewed priority legislation and issues concerning three bills that can either positively or negatively impact the automotive repair industry in California.
ASCCA, CalABC and CAA support AB 1303: Career Technical Education Funding (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach); oppose AB 755: California Tire Tax: Storm Water Projects (Holden, D-San Gabriel Valley) and have concerns with SB 522: Sales Taxes on Labor (Hertzberg, D-San Fernando) as written.
Before proceeding to the Capitol to make their appointments with their senators and assemblymen, Molodanof shared some common sense directives about the right ways to communicate with their representatives.
“The idea is to establish relationships with your local politicians here. That way, when you go back to your respective regions, they are already familiar with you and vice versa. Legislative Day is not the end of this process, but rather the beginning of it.”
In Molodanof’s guide, Do’s and Don’ts, How to in Lobby in California, he tells shop owners how to prepare for meetings with their legislators, including what to say at the meeting and the importance of connecting with each respective legislators’ staff.
Following Molodanof’s presentation, Bureau of Automotive Repair Chief Pat Dorais talked about the way his organization is embracing today’s technology to help both consumers and shops. “We’re entering our new electronic age to be more efficient and move toward being paperless,” Dorais said. “We now recognize texting as an accepted process for signing off on repair orders via smart phones, tablets and laptops. We are also proactively pursuing more electronic systems to be more responsive and transparent while providing more streamlined methods as well.”
After the initial orientation session, attendees began walking to the Capitol in order to meet with their legislators and discuss the three pressing bills. With more than 75 scheduled appointments on their agenda, 2019 Legislative Day participants ran throughout the halls to cover as much territory as possible within a limited period of time.
To get a break in the middle of a busy day, all three organizations hosted a luncheon back at the Capitol Event Center in which California Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Jose), received the ASCCA, CalABC and CAA 2019 Legislator of the Year award for his work in 2018 on AB 3141 (Bureau of Automotive Repair: Automotive Repair Dealers: Maintenance and Services).