TIADA Fights for YOU at Texas Capitol!

This week a record attendance of 50 TIADA dealers and associate members traveled to the Capitol in Austin to advocate for legislation and policies beneficial to the independent auto industry. While there, they met with over 70 legislators and members of their staff. 

The advocacy efforts began Monday evening as TIADA hosted an informal reception where lawmakers and dealers could meet and introduce themselves. Then on Tuesday morning, the TIADA delegation split up into small groups to meet with lawmakers from both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. Members used these meetings to highlight TIADA's specific legislative priorities for this session including:
  • Simplifying Texas DMV Form 136 – TIADA supports amending the Transportation Code to allow auto dealers the flexibility to transfer in any county agreed on by the customer and the auto dealer.
  • Support more equitable fines for Vehicle Inventory Tax (“VIT”)
  • Common sense changes to named driver automobile polices – TIADA supports HB 259 filed by Ed Thompson (D – Houston) which would require insurance companies that sell named driver policies specifically name each driver that is NOT covered under the policy.
According to those in attendance, legislators and their staff were consistently receptive to the association's goals and expressed an openness to working with members of the industry.

“Our trip to the Capitol was a huge success!” said Mark Jones of MCMC Autos. “The legislators we visited with were excited to see TIADA members in their offices and they were extremely interested, attentive, and supportive of the Legislative issues we discussed with them to make our industry stronger for both the dealers and our consumers. We had multiple compliments from State Representatives and Senators from both sides of the aisle in regards to the professionalism and common sense legislative agenda of TIADA.”

Greg Phea of Austin Rising Fast Motor Cars echoed those sentiments.

“It was an awesome time, everyone from the staff to the legislators were very accommodating and attentive to the association's concerns,” Phea said. “It was great to be a part of that process and watch the representatives pay attention to local business owners like me." 

Even though TIADA Day at the Capitol is over, TIADA's legislative efforts are just beginning. Be sure to visit the TIADA Legislative Action Center. You will find blog updates on the latest legislative developments, track key legislation and find information about contacting your representatives. Your voice matters and helps us strengthen our industry. 


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