HB 4778 Referred to House Insurance Committee
The Michigan Commerce Committee met this morning at 9 a.m. and
referred a bill that could affect the auto glass industry to the
insurance committee, who will soon schedule a public hearing. The
bill, House Bill 4778, which was sponsored by Rep. Barbara Farrah,
is intended to prohibit insurance companies from having ownership
interests in certain motor vehicle repair facilities. The bill also
would require motor vehicle repair facilities that already have
such ownership interests in repair facilities to post a notice at
in the repair facility stating:
"This repair facility is owned in whole or in part by [insert name
of insurer]. You are hereby notified that you are entitled to seek
repairs at a repair facility of your choice."
The bill also would require repair facilities to notify the vehicle
owner of these rights verbally and in writing.
"It was referred to the commerce committee initially," says Libby
McGaughey, a representative from Farrah's office. "What happened
today is it was re-referred to the insurance committee, where it
makes sense for it to go, and Rep. Farrah sits on that committee
She adds, "There will be hearing in the insurance committee, but
that date has not been set yet."
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