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
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