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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:27

Update on PA Photo Only Appraisal Bill

Autobody News spoke with the Pennsylvania Collision Trade Guild (PCTG) in January about a photo only appraisal bill being presented in their state.

Steve Behrndt, Director of PCTG, said that the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee has not yet voted on House Bill 1638. He added, "Locked in Committee is a good situation for Pennsylvania consumers and collision repairers. The Committee held a hearing, and typically, once they hold a hearing, they vote on that bill within a few days after the hearing. If the insurance industry felt they had the votes in Committee, they would have pressured the Chairman to push for a vote. The state budget situation in PA is currently the most important issue, and until the two sides agree to resolve that issue, not much will happen, especially passing a high profile and customer protection type legislation."

PCTG has been hard at work lobbying to stop the bill and has hired a firm to repress the proposed legislation.

Behrndt stated, "Time will tell if we are successful at stopping this legislation, and even if we are successful, we can only assume the Insurance Federation will bring it around again next session."

Stay tuned to Autobody News as we monitor the progress of PA House Bill 1638 and PCTG's efforts to suppress this potentially detrimental legislation.

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