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July 7, 1997


In accordance with the provisions of § 43-1-4 of the General Laws, I am transmitting with my disapproval, 97-H 6913, As Amended, "An Act Relating to Business and Professions Licensing of Motor Vehicle Repair Businesses in the City of Cranston."

This Act authorizes the Cranston City Council to provide for the licensing in the City of "motor vehicle repair businesses," which are defined to include auto body repair shops and used automobile dealerships. As such, the local licensing scheme contained in the Act improperly interferes with existing statewide regulation of certain automotive businesses.

The regulation of the auto body repair industry, including the licensing of auto body repair businesses, is generally the responsibility of the Department of Business Regulation. R.I. Gen. Law § 5-38-2 (a). In addition, the licensing of new and used automobile dealers is the responsibility of the Motor Vehicle Dealers License and Hearing Board. R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-5-2.1 (b).

Local licensing reasonably could conflict and interfere with state licensing of these businesses. The Act also would set a poor precedent of allowing other municipalities to intrude into state licensing authority in this area or in other regulatory areas.

For the foregoing reasons, I disapprove of this legislation and respectfully urge your support of this veto.


Lincoln Almond