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Friday, 01 April 2011 20:44

Texas Senate Approves SB 944 Allowing For Creation of an Advisory Committee

The Texas Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 944 on March 24. The bill was introduced by Texas Senator Mike Jackson earlier this month before being transferred to the Committee on Business and Commerce. The bill now moves to the House for approval.
The bill would create an advisory committee for the Texas Insurance Commissioner that would make recommendations regarding automobile insurance claims.
The full text of the engrossed* bill can be seen below:

"2011 TX S 944

AUTHOR: Jackson M
VERSION: Engrossed
VERSION DATE: 03/24/2011
By: Jackson
S.B. No. 944


AN ACT relating to the creation of an advisory committee to make recommendations to the

commissioner of insurance regarding certain automobile insurance claims.


SECTION 1. Subchapter G, Chapter 1952, Insurance Code, is amended by adding Section 1952.308

to read as follows:

Sec. 1952.308. ADVISORY COMMITTEE. (a) An advisory committee shall make recommendations to

the commissioner regarding:

(1) the enforcement of this subchapter;

(2) preventing and penalizing the processing of third-party claims for damage to a motor

vehicle in violation of Chapters 541 and 542;

(3) procedures, parts, or products used to repair a motor vehicle;

(4) rules and procedures related to automobile insurance claims for the costs of towing and

storing motor vehicles; and

(5) any other matter relating to automobile insurance and the repair of motor vehicles.

(b) The advisory committee is composed of nine members appointed by the commissioner as


(1) three members who represent motor vehicle repair facilities;

(2) three members who represent the public; and

(3) three members who represent the automobile insurance industry.

(c) A member of the advisory committee serves without compensation but is entitled to

reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings of the advisory


SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2011."

For more information please visit ASA's legislative website at

* an engrossed bill is the official copy of a bill or joint resolution passed by the Senate and certified by the Secretary of the Senate.


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