By Miles Moore, Senior Washington Reporter
WASHINGTON — Like any good lobbying effort, it's a game that usually requires a lot of push and pull action — and the Rubber Manufacturers Association's (RMA) efforts on behalf of state bills regulating the sale of used tires have not been an exception.
The RMA has made the drafting of model bills — like the used tire legislation — and their promotion in state legislatures a major, if not the major, factor in its government affairs activities.
The trade group's activities in state legislatures have encompassed model bills for scrap tire management and tire repair, as well as fighting measures such as bills concerning tire age. The RMA and its members have worked in tandem with other associations, particularly the Tire Industry Association (TIA), on these and other issues.
In 2013, the RMA is concentrating its efforts on its model bill establishing regulations preventing the sale of unsafe used tires. In Florida, the state senate is considering regulating used tires under the auspices of a transportation bill, SB-1132, that includes language from a separate bill that the RMA had sponsored..
In Texas, bills that combine the RMA's used tire language with provisions on the handling and transportation of used and scrap tires are before the legislature. Senate Bill 459 passed the Texas Senate 29-1 on April 15; House Bill 3783 is currently before the Texas House Regulatory Affairs Committee.