Gov. Rick Snyder Vetoes Michigan Auto Repair Bill After Requirement Revisions Added

June 30, 2016

noMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder made a slight departure from the majority of his own party last week. The Republican vetoed HB 4344, also known as the “Michigan Auto Repair Bill,” after it passed 86-23 and 33-3 in the Republican-controlled House and Senate, according to ClaimsJournal.com.

Despite agreeing with many aspects of the proposed legislation, Snyder decided he ultimately could not sign the bill into law after additional revisions were implemented by the Senate. The revisions concerned certain auto repairs being required to utilize original manufacturer or re-certified parts, as opposed to less expensive third-party or aftermarket parts.

“This bill doesn’t sufficiently delineate between the two types of parts, thereby limiting the use of safe, high quality aftermarket parts designed specifically for particular vehicles,” Snyder wrote in his veto to lawmakers. He went on to say that prohibiting mechanics from using safe, cheaper alternative parts “is an inappropriate impediment on the competition that has resulted in both high quality OEM and aftermarket parts for Michigan drivers to enjoy.”

According to recent estimates, vehicle neglect costs the economy over $2 billion each year. While this type of requirement would be put in place to protect the consumer from “unsafe/unreliable parts,” it would likely also cause many people to put off repairs or maintenance altogether for fear of not being able to afford the more expensive parts.

The specific language in the revised bill would have required auto repair shops to exclusively use OEM parts in the first five years of a vehicle’s warranty. Even an included exception that would allow customers to obtain these parts if they specifically asked for them in writing was not enough to sway the Governor’s thinking. Snyder argued that it would be like requiring patients to have to request, in writing, that they want generic over name-brand medications to their pharmacist.

Even though the veto came in opposition of his own party members, it’s clear there was some major controversy surrounding the final language and requirements included in the bill. Even the bill’s original sponsor, Republican Rep. Peter Pettalia, viewed the veto in a favorable light.

“I’m very comfortable with where the governor went with this,” Pettalia said in a phone interview.



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