Weekly Legislative Update - July 8, 2019

Unsafe Used Tire Law in Ohio Takes Effect
A new law aimed for the installation of unsafe used tires took effect a week ago in Ohio.

Ohio law already allows law enforcement to ticket motorists who drive on tires exhibiting specific unsafe conditions. 

However, the new law, which was endorsed by U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Ohio Tire and Automotive Association, adds an additional layer of consumer protections by penalizing retailers that knowingly install unsafe used tires.

The enactment of this law makes Ohio the third state to prohibit the installation of unsafe used tires with specific criteria, including tires with:
  • Less than 2/32 inch tread depth
  • Damage exposing the reinforcing plies of the tire, including cuts, cracks, punctures or scrapes
  • Damage not repaired to industry standards
  • Damage to the inner liner or indication of internal separation, such as bulges or local areas of irregular tread wear indicating possible tread or belt separation
Ensuring tires are in safe working order can make a major difference in the performance and safety of a vehicle. Excessively worn tires are more susceptible to punctures and hydroplaning in wet conditions. 

Maintaining proper tire pressure, periodically rotating and balancing tires according to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations (typically every 5,000-7,500 miles) and regularly inspecting tires can help prevent irregular and premature tire wear and keep consumer safe, especially during summer travel season.

Advocacy Announces July Regulation Reform Roundtables in AK, ME, NH and VT
The Office of Advocacy is hosting four Regulatory Reform Roundtables during the month of July. They will be in Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday July 10, followed by Bangor, Maine, North Conway, New Hampshire, and Burlington, Vermont, during the week of July 15.
Advocacy hosts these 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 Advocacy senior staff. 
These Roundtables are free and open to the public. 
**This invitation is public and may be forwarded to your colleagues**
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 -- Anchorage, AK
Alaska Small Business Development Center
1901 Bragaw Street 
Anchorage, AK 99508
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 -- Bangor, ME
Jeff's Catering Banquet & Event Hall
15 Littlefield Way
Brewer, ME 04412
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 -- North Conway, NH
North Conway Grand Hotel
72 Common Court
Conway, NH 03860
Thursday, July 18, 2019 -- Burlington, VT
Hilton Burlington
60 Battery Street
Burlington, VT 05401