Weekly Legislative Update - May 13, 2019

Recently Defeated Tire Related State Bills
As we move later into May, many state legislatures are adjourning or have already adjourned from their legislative sessions.

In 2019, TIA has tracked over 150 state bills in our system. We report on these bills monthly in our state legislative update. You can also view these bills by state map by clicking here.

There were many bills introduced this year that would have had a negative impact on the tire industry. This week we will highlight four bills that TIA opposed that recently died.

We thank our members who got involved in helping to defeat these bills. We also thank our state associations for partnering with us to fight harmful legislation impacting the tire industry.

Arkansas Bill: HB1927:
To Establish The Tire Manufacturing Age Disclosure Act; And To Require Disclosure Of The Manufacturing Age Of A Tire By A Tire Merchandiser.

Status: Dead

This bill would have required a tire dealer to include with a sale of each tire a separate paper disclosing to the consumer the age of the tire. TIA opposed this bill as we believe it would have caused confusion to consumers and inventory issues for dealers.

Maryland Bill: HB1118:
Use of Public Funds - Playground and Athletic Field Surfaces - Authorizations, Preferences, and Prohibitions
Status: Dead
This bill would have banned the use of state funds to be used for the instillation or upkeep of synthetic turf fields. TIA believes using crumb rubber in sports fields and other applications is a beneficial use for recycled tires. This bill would have potentially banned a sector of the tire recycling market in the state of Maryland that TIA members are currently dealing in responsibly.
Maryland Bill: HB1142:
Environment - Hazardous Materials - Disposal of Synthetic Turf and Turf Infill
Status: Dead
This bill would have made Maryland the first state to classify tires as a hazardous waste. It would have prohibited landfills from accepting crumb rubber in addition to synthetic turf. The bill would have also banned incinerating tires which would have killed the tire derived fuel market in the state. This bill could have led to a tire waste issue in the state. TIA strongly opposed the bill for the issues outlined above. The bill sponsor has already informed us that she plans to hold a summer study on this topic.
South Carolina Bill: S0517:           
Status: Dead
This bill, although making an attempt to remove unsafe tires from the roads, would place unnecessary burdens on dealers in the state. The bill included a 10-year sale provision for tires. TIA opposed to the bill but could have potentially supported it, if it had undergone some amendments.

Upcoming SBA Office of Advocacy Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtables in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi
The SBA Office of Advocacy is hosting Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtables across the country in an effort to hear directly from small businesses about what regulations concern them the most.  
This is an opportunity for small business owners and stakeholders to meet in-person with senior Advocacy staff. For more information, please see below. The attached announcements include links for more information and to register.
These meetings are free and open to the public. 
Jonesboro, AR
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central
Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas
3414 One Place
Jonesboro, AR 72404
Memphis, TN
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central
DoubleTree by Hilton - Memphis
5069 Sanderlin Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117
Jackson, MS
Thursday, June 6, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central
Hilton Jackson
1001 East County Line Road
Jackson, MS 39211