Currently legislation is pending in several states that may affect businesses in the windshield repair industry. While Delta Kits is not taking an editorial position on these bills we want to make sure you are aware of them. We will continue to provide monthly in The Wise Crack for your benefit.
In Arizona, Senate Bill 1238 was amended and passed out of committee on March 9 by a vote of 24 to five and had its second reading in the House on March 15. The bill would prohibit third party administrators (TPAs) from causing “a delay in the inspection of a policyholder’s auto glass” for purposes of a repair and require the policy holder to be informed of their right to have the work done at the facility of their choice. An original provision prohibiting TPAs from having a financial interest in auto glass replacement businesses was removed from the legislation in committee.
Connecticut General Assembly Connecticut House Bill 5283 was voted twelve to eight out of the Insurance and Banking Committee on March 15 after the committee considered public testimony on February 17th. Testimony opposed to the bill was submitted by Safelite Autoglass attorney Brian DiMasi while multiple independent glass shops wrote in support of the bill.
The Connecticut Glass Dealers Association also advocated for the bill on the grounds that will help “ensure the legitimacy of glass companies” in addition to ensuring third party administrators cannot also act as glass installation companies.
Kentucky House Bill 199 was passed out of a Senate committee on a 34 to one vote and was received for consideration by the House on March 4. The bill requires an insurer to inform the insured that they have the right to choose the repair facility of their choice to repair a damaged vehicle. The bill does not modify anti-steering legislation aimed at auto glass claims that was adopted in 1992.