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    Industry asleep at the wheel?

    http://www.glassbytes.com/2015/03/fl...om-house-vote/

    This is one of two bills that may just do away with assignment of proceeds. Someone in Fla better wake up and quick.

    Texas has two pending bills that are big trouble and seems no one is there to represent body shop interests.
    Roy Smalley,
    Texas

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    What are the bills in Texas? Do you have a link?
    I am trying to get info from Florida on who is representing
    our side and the trial attorney's side.

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    Actually I see a past victory showing here for contractors and glass/body shops in the background.

    The insurance companies have seen through education of the shops, they have become aware of the customer's rights and have been a thorn in the sides of the ins companies by helping out their customers with facts unavailable to them.

    Now the insurance companies are trying to silence the truths for their own benefits.

    The bill should be opposed on the simple fact that they are trying to supress free speech.

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    I'm sure it's not just by chance that this was introduced in Ray Gunder's home state.

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    There is a lot of sneaky, underhanded stuff going on all over the country, with our insurance friends slithering around in the shadows of state houses. In Mississippi, there was one bill that would have given the insurance commissioner control over rates and repair procedure, essentially giving him the right to regulate an industry he wasn't elected to preside over and over which he currently has no authority. Another would have lifted the requirement that either the name of the lien holder or a collision repair shop be included on checks for repairing damage less than $2500 on financed vehicles. Doesn't sound like big deal at first glance, but stop to consider that a $2500 estimate is usually on a driveable car. What happens when the vehicle owner elects to cash the check, never having any idea they actually had $4,000 in damage? How many times do you think that could happen?

    There were others that we are on top of and have managed to derail. We might not always be so lucky and you can bet your @$$ this is going on all over the country. If it looks like you could lose the game, cheat and change the rules.

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    Bill. It is a full time job for several in every state just to keep up with the bills introduced by insurers. NO way to catch them all, perhaps not even the majority.

    Bottom line, who has the cash to counter the insurer lobbyists? NO-body. Just like the asst ag in Texas told me years ago "the insurers have more money that we do". An admission that they cannot prevent much less police.
    Roy Smalley,
    Texas

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