Mississippi Legislature Considers Consumer
January 13, 2010
The Mississippi House has undertaken an initiative related to auto
glass after just one short week of the 2010 legislative session.
Rep. Henry B. Zuber (R) introduced a bill, H.B. 390, which would
amend the state's insurance code to prohibit insurers and adjusters
from doing any of the following:
- Accepting and/or soliciting gifts or referral fees in exchange
for referring insureds to a particular automotive repair facility;
- Suggesting either orally or in writing that an insured must
use a specific repair facility or those on a preferred list compiled
by the insurer in order for the work to be covered by the policy;
- Restricting the right of an insured or third-party claimant
to choose a repair person or facility by requiring him/her to
travel an unreasonable distance to have the damage repaired.
In addition, insurers would be required to display the above provisions
on their insurance policies and would be subjected to fines for
violations if H.B. 390 is passed. The bill, introduced last week,
currently is being reviewed in the House's Insurance Committee.
HERE to view the full text of H.B. 390.)
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