The Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation by a vote of 128-6 on March 12 that would incorporate the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) into state law. The bill, HB 519, introduced by Environment and Transportation Committee Chairman Kumar Barve, had been approved the previous week by that committee, with amendments. It now moves for consideration to the Maryland Senate where identical companion legislation was introduced by Senator Chris West in January.
When proposing the legislation Barve had said, “My goal in introducing auto glass safety legislation is to ensure that all Marylanders are protected while riding in automobiles. Marylanders should have the assurance that all auto services providers in the state are using trained technicians who adhere to exacting safety standards when replacing their vehicle’s windshield.”
As introduced, the identical bills directed the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to adopt regulations for aftermarket auto glass installations that met or exceeded the AGRSS Standard. The amendments added a provision to the bill that define aftermarket safety glass replacement as “vehicle safety glass replacement services that occur after the original installation by a vehicle manufacturer.” The amended version also directs the state Motor Vehicle Administration, in promulgating the regulations, to require that the products and services used meet or exceed original equipment manufacturer specifications and require the use of safety glass that meet ANSI Z26.1 in accordance with FMVSS Safety Standard 205 and any other applicable federal safety standard adopted by NHTSA.
Finally, the amendment clarifies the name of the standard as the American National Standards Institute/Auto Glass Safety Council/Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard.
The House passed bill will now likely to be taken up for consideration in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee which held a hearing on the legislation as introduced back on February 10. The 90 day 2021 Maryland Legislative Session concludes on April 12.