TIADA Approves Changes to Legislative Program

TIADA President Juan Sabillon called the House of Delegates to order at 4:08 PM on Sunday July 21 for its annual meeting.  "In my opinion, this is the most importnat thing we do while at the conference," said Sabillon. The House of Delegates meets each year during the TIADA Annual Conference to elect officers as well as review the association bylaws and legislative program. The Legislative Committee offered up four recommended changes. Committee Chair, Erika Blankenship laid out the proposed changes, explained the rational and a motion and vote were held to accept all four. Texas State Representatives Mando Martinez and Ryan Guillen both addressed the delegates during the meeting.

The changes include:

General Legislative Policies
i.              TIADA supports an automobile insurance environment that creates favorable protections for automobile dealers, lienholders and customers.
Rationale: Without a specific issue to address a more general policy is needed.
Current Legislative Policies
7.  Insurance
  1. TIADA supports the revision of named driver only insurance policies in Texas to provide fair notice to customers and lienholders of excluded drivers.
Rationale: Passage of HB 259 addresses this issue.
7.  Surety Bond
  1. TIADA supports a reasonable surety bond that is responsive to the needs of the industry and provides adequate protection.
Rationale: The industry needs to make ensure there are responsible safeguards in place to protect dealers and the industry. 
8.  Credit Card Fees
  1. TIADA supports the ability of dealers to charge a reasonable convenience fee on credit or debit card payments.
Rational: Credit card usage and fees continue to climb and providing this convenience is costing dealers a significant amount each year.


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