Industry Legislation Progresses in Oklahoma, Ohio and Louisiana

As the legislative season continues in state capitols around the country, several bills related to the auto glass industry have progressed in recent days.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation related to service warranties into law.

The bill, SB 1142, relates to “service warranties; amending [the sections of the law] which relate to definitions, audited financial statements, duration of suspension, annual statement filing and examinations of service warranty associations; modifying definitions; requiring certain financial statements to be audited and submitted to Insurance Commissioner under certain circumstances; updating statutory references; and providing an effective date.”

“Motor vehicle ancillary service” includes “the repair of chips or cracks in or the replacement of motor vehicle windshields as a result of damage caused by road hazards,” according to the bill.

The bill was introduced to the Oklahoma Senate on February 5. It has now been signed by the governor and enacted into law, effective November 1.

Click here for the current full text of the bill.

Ohio

Two Ohio representatives have introduced a bill related to motor vehicle product protection and service contracts.

The bill, HB 632, aims to define a “motor vehicle service contract” as “a contract or agreement to perform or pay for the repair, replacement, or maintenance of a motor vehicle due to defect in materials or workmanship, normal wear and tear, mechanical or electrical breakdown, or failure of parts or equipment of a motor vehicle, with or without additional provisions for incidental payment of indemnity under limited circumstances, including, without limitation, towing, rental, and emergency road services, that is effective for a specified duration and paid for by means other than the purchase of a motor vehicle.”

The bill was introduced on May 3 by Rep. George Lang and Rep. Glenn Holmes.

Click here for the full text of the current version of the bill.

Louisiana

The Louisiana Senate has passed a bill that “moves the regulation of motor vehicle service contract providers from the Dept. of Insurance to the secretary of state.”

The bill, HB 522, 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 was pre-filed on March 2 by Rep. Paula Davis and was referred to the Committee on Insurance. It was passed by the House on April 5. The Senate passed the bill with amendments on May 9 and it has now been returned to the House.

Click here for the full text of the current version of the bill.

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