March 21, 2017
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement on behalf of its President & CEO Tom Feeney regarding their opposition to House Bill 775, by Representative Manny Diaz, relating to Motor Vehicle Warranty Repairs and Recall Repairs. HB 775 was today heard in the House Careers & Competition Subcommittee, its first committee of reference.
“Florida’s manufacturing sector is the highest indirect job creator of any employment sector in the state – with three indirect jobs created for every manufacturing job. As the state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, AIF is committed to advancing this industry that significantly contributes high-wage and high value-added jobs to our state.
“This legislation threatens this very mission. HB 775 would create an unlevel playing field and a chilling effect on manufacturing in general. The complex issue surrounding safety recalls should be a federal matter, better addressed at the national level with the goal of creating uniform public policy that improves motor vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation and protects our planet.
“As this legislation moves through the process, we encourage Florida lawmakers to oppose auto dealer franchise legislation that would only further give auto dealers extensive additional rights, cripple future automobile manufacturers’ contract rights and increase costs to Florida consumers.”
Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, AIF has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.
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