Arizona Vehicle Repair House Bill Dies in Committee

May 26, 2006

An Arizona House Bill that would have made it more difficult for insurers to provide consumers information about automobile and glass repair facilities has died in the Senate Rules Committee, according to Kelly Campbell, western regional manager for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

The bill, originally an eminent domain bill, was amended in the Senate Transportation Committee, by striking the original language and inserting language from HB 2385, which put significant restrictions on insurers’ ability to talk to policyholders about repair shops and would have disallowed insurers’ ability to offer consumers a list of collision repair facilities that provide timely customer service at a competitive price. Those facilities also guarantee their work and the parts they use, Campbell said.

According to Campbell, HB 2063 would have provided a disincentive to compete in the marketplace and could have diminished the type of auto insurance products and services available to consumers.

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