Last month Florida House members introduced a bill, known as HB 323. One its primary goals was to prevent auto glass shops in the state from “offering anything of value” to their customers in exchange for making claims for their auto glass work. Last week the House Insurance and Banking subcommittee approved HB 323 by an 11 to 2 vote.
If passed, auto glass shops will not be able to offer things like cash and gift cards to attract and gain business. According to the bill, those who engage in such acts would be deemed unlawful and constitutes fraud.
“ … It shall be a violation if [vehicle shops or its employees] offer a customer a rebate, gift, gift card, cash, coupon, or any other thing of value in exchange for making an insurance claim for motor vehicle glass replacement or repair, including an offer made through a nonemployee who is compensated for the solicitation of insurance claims,” a section of the bill reads.
Some on the committee think moving this bill forward will cut down on some of the fraudulent insurance claims. The more insurance claims a state has, the higher premiums for insured vehicle owners will be.
“I have been offered money to fix my windshield in a parking lot and be paid for my trouble, and my windshield is just fine,” said Cyndi Stevenson, House Insurance & Banking Chairwoman.
To view the bill’s full text, click here.
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