A bill that was pre filed at the end of 2019 and introduced in New Hampshire’s House earlier this year failed to make it out of the Senate. The bill, also known as HB 1455, would have made it “an unfair insurance practice for an insurance company, agent, or adjuster to knowingly fail to pay a claim to the claimant or repairer to the extent the claimant’s vehicle is repaired in conformance with applicable manufacturer’s procedures.” Since it’s first introduction the bill has been amended and passed the state’s House during this year’s session.
The amended version of the bill establishes a “rebuttable presumption that manufacturer recommendations for scans and calibrations are necessary for vehicle safety and for restoration of a vehicle to its pre-loss condition, and makes it an unfair insurance practice for an insurance company, agent, or adjuster to knowingly fail to pay a claim to the claimant or repairer to the extent the claimant’s vehicle is repaired in conformance with applicable manufacturer’s recommendations or specifications.” This version passed in the House.
The House announced it would be closed to legislative members, legislative staff, and visitors from March 16 – 20, however the building would remain open for governmental operations. This was in response to growing COVID-19 concerns.
“As legislative leaders, our top priority is protecting the health and wellbeing of our members, staff, and the public,” said Senate president Donna Soucy and Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff in a joint statement.
State lawmakers made additional announcements extending the closure until the beginning of June. Then on June 11, 2020 enough House Republicans voted against a plan to extend deadlines that it failed to obtain the two-thirds vote, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, which “killed” all of the remaining bills. According to New Hampshire’s legislature, HB 1455 was tabled.
Look to a future edition of glassBYTEs to see if this bill will get reintroduced in next year’s sessions.
To view the amended version of HB 1455, click here.