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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:11

Florida Bill Moves Forward – Will Impact Auto Glass Shops

Written by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com

In January, Florida House members introduced a bill known as HB 323. One of its primary goals was to prevent auto glass shops in the state from “offering anything of value” to their customers in exchange for making claims for their auto glass work.

 

In mid-February, the House Insurance and Banking subcommittee approved HB 323 by an 11 to 2 vote.

 

If passed, auto glass shops will not be able to offer things such as cash and gift cards to attract and gain business. According to the bill, such acts would be deemed unlawful and constitute fraud.

 

“ … It shall be a violation if [vehicle shops or their employees] offer a customer a rebate, gift, gift card, cash, coupon, or any other thing of value in exchange for making an insurance claim for motor vehicle glass replacement or repair, including an offer made through a nonemployee who is compensated for the solicitation of insurance claims,” a section of the bill reads.

 

Some on the committee think moving this bill forward will cut down fraudulent insurance claims. The more insurance claims a state has, the higher the premiums are for insured vehicle owners.

 

“I have been offered money to fix my windshield in a parking lot and be paid for my trouble, and my windshield is just fine,” said Cyndi Stevenson, House Insurance & Banking Chairwoman.

 

To view the bill’s full text, click here.

 

We thank glassBYTEs.com for reprint permission.

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