New York Legislator Says Anti-Steering Legislation Could Return, Despite Opposition
June 30, 2011

While the New York legislation session ended last week without action on a piece of auto glass-specific anti-steering legislation, Sen. John Bonacic, says it likely will be back.

“We will continue to support this legislation as we believe it brings greater fairness to the consumer,” Bonacic told glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR™ magazine.

The bill, S. 2144, have "prohibit[ed] an insurer from recommending a particular repair facility for replacement of auto glass unless expressly requested by the insured person to do so." The state's existing law allows insurers to recommend that an insured use a particular glass shop, but prohibits them from making a similar recommendation for a general automotive repair job (unless the insured expressly requests a recommendation), according to the accompanying memo filed with the bill, S2144.

Bonacic says the bill was up against two challenges in this session,

“There was opposition by at least one of the major auto glass repair companies – Safelite,” says Bonacic. “The fact that there is no Assembly sponsor [also] makes it harder to pass.”

The bill was introduced in January and was under the review of the state's insurance committee, but never made it to a vote.

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