LANSING, Mich. (June 17, 2016) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed House Bill 4344, which would have severely restricted the vehicle repair community's access to non-original equipment parts.
H.B. 4344 stated that major component parts must be replaced with either OE parts or certified OE-quality parts unless the vehicle owner waived that requirement in writing.
The Auto Care Association (ACA) urged its members to contact Gov. Snyder requesting his veto of the legislation.
In vetoing the bill, Gov. Snyder made it plain he regarded it as harmful to Michigan's automotive business to enact such a bill.
“As Michigan continues its comeback, it is imperative that we ensure all components of that industry can remain strong, including Michigan's robust aftermarket parts industry,” Gov. Snyder said in a letter to the Michigan legislature.
ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey praised Gov. Snyder's veto.
“We worked hard to sit down with the stakeholders early on in this process, but those efforts did not produce the compromise we were seeking, and we are very grateful that Gov. Snyder had the astute ability to get to the heart of the matter and to send this bill back to the legislature,” Mr. Hanvey said.