Legislation in Louisiana and West Virginia Affects Auto Glass Companies in Those States

A piece of legislation has passed in West Virginia updating safety glass language, while a bill has been pre-filed in Louisiana regarding service contract agreements.

Louisiana Rep. Paula Davis has pre-filed a bill that “moves the regulation of motor vehicle service contract providers from the Dept. of Insurance to the secretary of state.” The bill also expands the term “service contract” to “include a contract or agreement for … the repair of chips or cracks in or the replacement of motor vehicle windshields as a result of damage caused by road hazards.”

The bill, HB 522, was pre-filed on March 2 by and was referred to the Committee on Insurance.

Meanwhile, a piece of legislation has passed in West Virginia that has implications for companies doing business in the state.

The bill, SB 444, was designed to “repeal antiquated code sections regarding safety glass and lighting in motor vehicles.”

“The purpose of this bill is to remove antiquated code sections that have no useful purpose. These two code sections require the state to approve the safety glass and lighting used in vehicles. The federal government sets the standards for motor vehicle equipment, not the Division of Highways,” reads the text of the bill.

The bill originally was introduced to the West Virginia Senate on January 31 by Sen. Charles Trump. The Senate voted to pass the bill on February 19. The House voted to pass the bill on March 2 and was signed by the governor on March 9.

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