Florida State Senator to Withdraw Automotive Glass Language from Bill 7005

Florida State Senator Jeremy Ring (D) plans to withdraw his proposed changes to HB 7005, which would have outlined “unlawful acts and practices” for automotive glass companies, according to Joel Ramos, a legislative assistant in the state senator’s Tallahassee office.

“While the language would have helped stop glass harvesting, it would have crushed small businesses so we will withdraw it whenever it comes up on the calendar again,” Ramos explains. “We heard from a few independent glass company owners about the changes, as well as a few trial lawyers.”

The language State Senator Ring proposed would have made it unlawful for automotive glass companies to be “intimidating, coercing or threatening a consumer into selecting a particular motor vehicle glass repair facility,” as well as failing to make a vehicle available for inspector prior to repair by insurer and more.

Originally the bill only potentially impacted auto body shops, but State Senator Ring had proposed an amendment to it on April 29 to add automotive glass companies to the language.

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