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California Anti-Steering Bill Would Develop Steering Task Force

An anti-steering bill under review in California recently was amended to include a section that would convene a task force "to review the issues arising from the implementation of [the bill's] requirements." (CLICK HERE for related story.)

The task force, to be formed by the insurance commissioner, would report its findings in writing to the legislature by December 31, 2009. The bill currently is under review in the state's Assembly.

In addition, if passed, the bill would amend Section 758.5 of the state's insurance code to require insurers to ask policyholders if they have chosen a repair shop prior to suggesting one.

The current text of the amended bill reads as follows:

The commissioner shall, within 30 days of the effective date of this section, convene a task force, including, but not limited to, representatives of the automobile insurance industry and consumer protection advocacy organizations, to review the issues arising from the implementation of Section 758.5 and report its findings in writing to the Legislature by December 31, 2009.

The bill was introduced on February 7 by Sen. Patricia Wiggins and Sen. Carole Migden.

CLICK HERE for full text of latest amendment.

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