2019 ACRA Government Affairs Conference – Don’t Miss It!
Both ACRA regular and associate members owe it to yourselves, to your company, and to the industry to attend the 2019 ACRA Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. from September 23 – 25, 2019. Registration is still open through the ACRA website – www.acraorg.com – but the hotel is close to selling out. Sign up today and have a voice in the federal legislative policies that impact the car rental industry!
- Monday, 9/23 – 7:30 p.m.
Casual dinner at Bluejacket near HQ hotel
- Tuesday, 9/24 – 8:30 a.m.
ACRA Board and Annual Member meetings and General Session in U.S. Capitol; this will include an extended discussion among ACRA members on the 2019 state legislative priorities for the car rental industry – join in to make your voice heard!
- Tuesday, 9/24 – 5 p.m.
ACRAPAC Reception at Sonoma Restaurant (open to ACRAPAC contributors only)
- Tuesday, 9/24 – 6:30 p.m.
Group dinner and “After Hours” tour of U.S. Capitol
- Wednesday, 9/25 – 8 a.m.
Meetings with House and Senate legislators and staff on ACRA federal legislative priorities.
Federal Legislative Updates
- New Autonomous Vehicle Legislation
ACRA filed detailed comments with the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee with respect to the car rental industry’s priorities for a new federal autonomous vehicle bill. ACRA also signed on to joint comments to the same congressional committees from the U.S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition with respect to vehicle data access issues in federal AV legislation. [Copies available on ACRA website.]
- Vehicle Data Access Legislation
The ACRA-led U.S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition is vetting vehicle data access legislation on Capitol Hill and expects to have legislation introduced in the House and Senate before ACRA’s September 2019 Government Relations Conference. The legislation would reaffirm a vehicle owner’s right to control data generated by their vehicle(s).
- Car Rental Excise Taxes
ACRA is recruiting legislators in the House and Senate to reintroduce the EDSTAR car rental excise tax bill to prevent local governments from imposing discriminatory taxes on car rental companies and our customers to build sports stadiums, convention centers, and other unrelated projects.
ACRA will file amicus (friend of the court) briefs in litigation in Michigan (led by TRALA and involving a negligent entrustment “duty” found by a trial court) and Georgia (led by Avis Budget and involving potential car rental liability despite an intervening criminal act) this month and oral arguments in the Georgia case will take place in late September.