Anti-Steering Bill Meets Mixed Fate; Sen. Plans to Revive Next Year
The Missouri Senate's Small Business, Insurance and Industrial
Relations Committee voted yesterday to pass an anti-steering bill
that would require insurers to inform vehicle owners immediately
on first contact that they have the right to choose the repair facility
of their choice to repair their vehicles. However, the Missouri
legislative session ends tomorrow, according to Kathy Armstrong,
a spokesperson for Senate Bill 775's sponsor, Sen. Wes Shoemyer,
so the bill won't actually move any further until it is re-introduced
next year. (CLICK
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While the bill won't go any further this session, Armstrong still
believes the session is ending on a positive note for the legislation.
"The successful thing was that we at least got the insurance
guys coming into our office and talking to the senator and them
understanding that he is serious about [steering,]" she told
magazine, "and they have agreed to work on this over the
summer. What the reality of that means, I don't know. But at least
we got their attention."
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