Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana
Two and one half years after Hurricane Katrina tried to wipe New Orleans off the face of the planet – the valiant efforts of the brave and determined are rebuilding this beautiful and historic landmark city – so unique in all the world.
Revisiting the New Orleans area collision industry professionals who were affected by Hurricane Katrina over two years ago brings good news and bad news. The good news – the shops that are back in business are staffed and busy with repairs. The bad news – not nearly enough progress has been made on the infrastructure of the city and surrounding areas discouraging residents from returning and new workers from relocating to New Orleans.
The office of Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. has filed suit against Allstate Insurance Company, Lafayette Insurance Company, Xactware, Inc., Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, LLC, Insurance Services Office, Inc., State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, USAA Casualty Insurance Company, Farmers Insurance Exchange, Standard Fire Insurance Company and McKinsey & Company for alleged violations of the Louisiana Monopolies Act.
The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board continues to hold hearings to take public comment on the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) proposal to adopt emissions standards for new motor vehicles.
The Oklahoma state legislature held a meeting in Oklahoma City October 25 to hear views about Oklahoma’s Right to Repair legislation, House Bill 1584. The meeting was held by the Economic Development and Financial Service Committee as part of an interim study to evaluate the content of the bill.
The Alabama Automotive Dismantlers and Recyclers Association (AADRA) claimed victory last week as bills to open auto salvage pools to unlicensed individuals were halted from hearings before the Alabama Legislature due to strong opposition from consumers and industry.
Most of about $23 billion in disaster recovery aid in the $634B 2009 Federal budget is for Hurricane Ike. The money is divided among agencies and programs. Reportedly the spending bill also includes about 2,000 earmarks.