Amendment to Anti-Steering Law Meets End in Senate Hearing
Washington House Bill 3053, which would have amended the state's
current anti-steering law and would prohibit an insurer or claims
administrator from recommending an auto glass repair or replacement
shop if the insured indicates he has chosen a facility, met its
end earlier this week while under Senate review.
"It's gonedead," says Rep. Steve Kirby (D-Wash.), who introduced
the bill originally in the house, "but it'll be back next year."
Last Tuesday, February 26, a hearing was held before the Senate
Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee regarding the bill,
which ultimately led to its demise. Insurers came out in full protest
against the bill, calling it "anti-consumer" and referring to its
restrictions as a "gag order" (CLICK
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Kirby had advised glassBYTEs.comô/AGRR magazine that the
bill's fate in the Senate, though, wasn't surprising.
"Legislation that regulates the insurance industry usually fares
better in the House than in the Senate," he said. "It is a strategy
for the insurance industry to let things happen in the house and
wait for them in the Senate and beat them down there."
He also said the insurance industry's opposition to the bill is
characteristic of the insurer group's recent activities in Washington
regarding legislation that involves them.
"I believe the insurance industry has drawn a line in the sand
in the state of Washington and will fight to the death with every
piece of legislation that attempts to regulate them in any way,"
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