A Massachusetts bill has been introduced in both the House and Senate there that would amend the definition of service contract to include windshield repair and replacement service. If passed, windshield repair and replacement would then have to adhere to regulations of service contracts. A Senate bill with a similar amendment was also introduced by Senator James E. Timilty. The House bill was introduced by Representative Angelo J. Puppolo Jr.
House bill No. 190 would amend the definition in section 149M of chapter 175. As it reads now, the definition does not include windshield repair or replacement services.
The bill proposes to add the following to the definition:
“A service contract shall also include a contract or agreement sold for a separately stated consideration for a specific duration that provides for…the repair of small motor vehicle windshield chips or cracks which may include the replacement of the windshield for chips or cracks that cannot be repaired.”
The bill was introduced January 23, 2017, and was referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and concurred by the Senate. Meanwhile, the Senate bill introduced the same day was referred to the Committee on Financial Services and concurred by the House.