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Kansas House Considers Anti-Steering Bill

The Kansas House of Representatives currently is reviewing House Bill (H.B.) 2653, which would require insurers to immediately inform policyholders that they have the right to choose a repair facility of their choice to repair their vehicles.

The bill, which is under consideration in the House's Transportation Committee, goes on to say, "The insurer shall halt any efforts to redirect, refer or otherwise influence the motor vehicle owner in the choice of repair facility or program other than the repair facility chosen by the vehicle owner once the vehicle owner has stated they have chosen a repair facility."

If passed, the bill would also mandate that insurers not limit or discount the amount the insured pays for repair work on the basis that the repair would have cost less if it had been completed at a shop specified by the insurer.

The Transportation Committee referred the bill to its subcommittee for Insurance and Financial Institutions.

The lobbyist behind the bill is Bob Smith, who has been a collision industry member for 44 years in various roles, from working as an auto damage adjuster to working in his own collision shop.

"The repairer might not benefit much, but at least it will give him a level playing field," Smith says. "It may take several years to get this thing through, but we're pushing as hard as we can."

Smith also was involved in the anti-steering legislation introduced in Missouri (CLICK HERE for related story).

CLICK HERE for the full text of the bill.

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