Citations Affected: Noncode.
Synopsis: Motor vehicle dealer consumer complaints. Directs the
attorney general, superintendent of the state police, and commissioner
of the bureau of motor vehicles or their designees to report to the
governor and legislative council regarding motor vehicle dealer
consumer complaints. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared
by the public safety matters evaluation committee.)
Effective: July 1, 2004.
November 21, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Transportation and
January 15, 2004, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning motor vehicles.
SECTION 1. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004] (a) As used in this
SECTION, "commissioner" has the meaning set forth in
(b) As used in this SECTION, "department" has the meaning set forth in IC 10-11-1-3.
(c) As used in this SECTION, "superintendent" has the meaning set forth in IC 10-11-1-4.
(d) Not later than August 1, 2004, the superintendent shall convene a task force to accumulate and forward to the department the information required by subsection (e). The task force consists of three (3) members as follows:
(1) The attorney general or the attorney general's designee.
(2) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee.
(3) The superintendent or the superintendent's designee.
(e) Not later than December 1, 2004, the department, in cooperation with the task force convened under subsection (d):
(1) shall review the data regarding motor vehicle dealer consumer complaints filed with the consumer protection
division of the office of the attorney general from January
2002 through September 2004;
(2) shall evaluate the complaints based on category of allegations against the motor vehicle dealers, with a focus on IC 9-17-3-3(a)(2), IC 9-17-3-3(a)(4), and IC 9-17-3-3.1; and
(3) may make recommendations for proposed changes to statutes and rules concerning issues raised in the evaluation under subdivision (2).
(f) Not later than January 1, 2005, the department shall report the evaluations and any recommendations determined under subsection (e) to the legislative council and the governor.
(g) A member of the task force is not entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1(b). However, a member of the task force is entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and for other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
(h) The expenses of the task force shall be paid from money appropriated to the department.
(i) The department shall provide staff and administrative support to the task force.
(j) This SECTION expires December 31, 2005.