senate Bill S2144

Authorizes the superintendent of insurance to promulgate regulations relating to the replacement of automobile glass

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 18 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO INSURANCE

Summary

Prohibits insurer from recommending a particular repair facility for replacement of auto glass unless expressly requested by the insured person to do so.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2144
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2610, Ins L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S2895

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2144

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the insurance law, in relation to
the
replacement of automobile glass

PURPOSE:
To ensure a level playing field in the area of auto glass
installation and repair.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends section 2610(b) of the insurance law.
The bill seeks to prohibit insurers from attempting to recommend or
suggest that auto glass repairs be made at a particular place or shop.

EXISTING LAW:
Allows insurers to recommend their insured use
particular auto glass repair shops. Current law, however, prohibits
insurers from making such recommendations for general auto repair
(unless expressly requested by the insured).

JUSTIFICATION:
Insurance companies are attempting to steer their own
insured to particular auto glass repair facilities - some of which
have corporate relationships with the insurer. There is no reason
that the repair of auto glass, an essential safety component of a
vehicle, should be treated differently than the repair of other
safety mechanisms such as brakes. Consumer choice and safety should
be the premier concerns when it comes to auto glass installation.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2895 of 2009: Referred to Insurance
S.477 of 2007: Referred to Insurance
S.3429 of 2005: Referred to Insurance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to State.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2144

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Insurance

AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation  to  the  replacement  of
  automobile glass

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 2610  of  the  insurance  law  is
amended to read as follows:
  (b) In processing any such claim [(other than a claim solely involving
window glass)], the insurer shall not, unless expressly requested by the
insured,  recommend  or  suggest  repairs  be  made to such vehicle in a
particular place or shop or by a particular concern.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01912-01-1

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