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Montana Senate Returns Auto Glass Pricing Law to House with Changes
March 26, 2009

The Montana Senate read a bill dealing with auto glass pricing for the third time earlier this week, and chose to return the bill to the State House, where it originated, with changes. Rep. Jon Sonju, who sponsored the bill, had expected the bill might pass on this reading-as it was passed unanimously by voice vote of 47-0 on its second reading last Saturday. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

CLICK HERE to see the latest version of the bill, which would replace the phrase "prevailing market price" with simply "market price" in the state's insurance law dealing with auto glass claims.

The law, which applies to body shops as well, currently provides for insurance companies to abide by the lowest prevailing market price.

Rep. Sonju was not available for comment today, but told glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR magazine previously that he became involved with this bill via the Montana Collision Repair Specialists Association, due to his background in that industry.

"In my youth and early business days, my father actually owned a body shop, so I'm familiar with the world of collision repair and glass," he said. "That's why I took this on."


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