Two Massachusetts Auto Glass Bills Referred
for Study Order
July 29, 2010
Two auto glass-related Massachusetts House bills have been to the
states house committee on financial services for an investigation
and study, along with several other bills. Both H.B. 3680, which
would prohibit third-party administrators from also providing auto
glass services to an insurance company for which it bills, and H.B.
952, which would prohibit insurers from directing customers to specific
auto glass companies for work, were introduced more than a year
ago in early 2009. (CLICK
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The decision to order a study for these and several related bills
came as part of H.B. 4920, proposed by Rep. Peter J. Koutojian,
who chairs the joint committee on financial services that will review
According to the Massachusetts legislative history provided on
the Houses website, Study orders seek to authorize the
Committee to sit during recess and study this measure and similar
ones and file a narrative report of its findings.
However, Due to budgetary and staff constraints, though,
study orders are seldom approved, according to information
from the state. The vast majority of bills sent to a study
order do not progress any further in the legislative process.
H.B. 952 was introduced by Rep. Ron Mariano and H.B. 3680 was introduced
by Rep. Joyce Spilliotis. H.B. 3680 defines a third-party biller
as "as any company who processes pays and monitors the payment
of auto glass claims on behalf of an insurance carrier or insurance
"Such third-party biller shall not be related to any glass
replacement repair services in any way," reads H.B. 3680, which
would be an amendment to Section 100A of the Massachusetts General
Laws. "This includes stock ownership or such ownership by any
direct family relative."
Likewise, H.B. 952 includes the following verbiage:
Notwithstanding any provisions of any general or special law
to the contrary, no insurance company, third party biller, agent
or adjuster for such insurance company that issues or renews in
the commonwealth any policy of insurance covering in whole or
in part any motor vehicle may require that any person insured
under said policy use a particular company or location for the
providing of automobile glass replacement or repair services of
products insured in part by that policy.
HERE for full text of H.B. 952.
HERE for full text of H.B. 3680.
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