Right to Repair Legislation Goes to House Subcommittee in Oregon
The Oregon House Committee on Consumer Protection reviewed a bill yesterday
that would require insurance companies to inform customers that they have
the right choose an automotive repair facility, including glass shops.
The bill, SB 523, which encompasses glass shops, already passed in the
Oregon Senate with a vote of 23-4. The bill will now go to the House for
a vote, according to Steve Dickson, administrator for the House Consumer
As originally introduced the bill barred insurers from suggesting a repair
shop unless the insured requested a recommendation. The insurance lobby
had that provision removed after a hearing in March.
Despite some language being altered, the bill still has some strength
to it. If the bill is passed, it will require insurers to provide printed
correspondence saying that it recommended a shop when a customer uses
a shop that it has recommended. If the customer agrees to use that shop,
then the insured's vehicle will receive repairs returning it to a pre-loss
condition, under the language of the bill. The bill also states that if
the insured has his repairs done at a shop other than those recommended,
the insurer cannot limit the cost of repairs necessary to return the vehicle
to the pre-loss condition.
If the House passes the bill, it will go to Gov. Ted Kulongoski, D-Ore,
for final approval.
HERE to view the bill.
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