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ASA Launches New Government Affairs Web Site

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has launched a new Web site to help communicate with federal and state representatives about issues impacting the automotive repair industry. According to a press release issued yesterday, the new Web site will help ASA and its members “mobilize support or dissent for issues directly impacting the automotive repair industry on both federal and state levels.”

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BEDFORD, TX — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has launched a new Web site to help communicate with federal and state representatives about issues impacting the automotive repair industry.

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According to a press release issued yesterday, the new Web site will help ASA and its members “mobilize support or dissent for issues directly impacting the automotive repair industry on both federal and state levels.”

The new site, www.TakingTheHill.com, features ASA’s new Legislative Alert Center, which serves as a venue to contact state legislatures, statehouses and the federal government. ASA has adopted a program that allows industry members to contact their representatives regarding specific legislation and send e-mail to their elected officials.

The Legislative Alert Center also features messages or talking points on issues that can be immediately incorporated into the correspondence. Currently, messages can be sent regarding insurer-owned repair facilities, the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act and Association Health Plans (AHPs) legislation.

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“The Internet has become a dynamic and integral part of the political process on both federal and state levels,” said Bob Redding, ASA’s Washington, D.C., representative. “Today’s grassroots efforts and advocacy campaigns incorporate online strategies to effectively deliver important messages to representatives around the nation. ASA understands this advancement and has created this new Web site to mobilize constituents on important initiatives impacting our industry.”

The new Web site also serves as a reference tool for anyone interested in automotive legislative efforts, said ASA. Legislative reports, historical background on service information availability and ongoing coverage of insurer-owned shop legislation can be found on the new site.

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ASA has incorporated database technology to integrate information about elected officials, including bios, staff listings and voting records; a complete guide to upcoming elections; and contact information for local media outlets, including newspapers, television and radio.

“ASA has truly stepped up our visibility on the legislative and advocacy front on both the federal and local levels with the implementation of our new grassroots Web site,” said Ron Pyle, ASA’s president and chief staff executive. “We understand that volunteer legislative advocacy efforts are the most successful when participation is convenient for all parties involved. By initiating this expedient communication tool, we are providing our members and supporters with an even stronger voice on Capitol Hill.”

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