LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed House Bill 4344, which would have negatively affected market competition and driven up consumer costs for replacement parts on motor vehicles.
“House Bill 4344 amends the Michigan Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act to make a number of updates modernizing the Act that I support,” Snyder wrote in his veto letter. “However, it also includes revisions relating to the use of certain aftermarket parts used for automotive repairs. 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.
“On its face, this policy seems to be intended to protect consumers and ensure vehicles are safely repaired. That is a laudable goal. However, this bill…limits use of safe, high-quality aftermarket parts designed specifically for particular vehicles.”
In his veto letter, Snyder also expressed concern that the bill would increase auto insurance prices that are already too high, creating a greater financial burden on Michiganders.
Snyder signed four bills:
HBs 4817 and 4818, sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, create a check-off option on Michigan income tax forms for the Michigan Junior Achievement Fund. They are Public Acts 181 and 182.
SBs 428 and 429, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, establish a check-off option on state income tax forms to benefit the American Red Cross. They are now PAs 183 and 184 of 2016.
For more information on this and other legislation, please visit www.legislature.mi.gov.
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