Bill Text: NH HB664 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to vehicle repair standards.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-19 - Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0904h: Motion Adopted DV 242-105 03/19/2019 [HB664 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-HB664-Introduced.html

HB 664-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0853

01/06

 

HOUSE BILL 664-FN

 

AN ACT relative to vehicle repair standards.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Williams, Hills. 4; Rep. McBeath, Rock. 26; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8; Rep. Green, Rock. 13; Rep. Packard, Rock. 5; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Watters, Dist 4

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires an insurer to reimburse an automobile repairer for all repairs if the repairer follows an original equipment manufacturer recommended collision repair procedures.

 

This bill is a result of the committee to study reimbursement rates under automobile insurance polices, established by 2018, 13.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0853

01/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to vehicle repair standards.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Vehicle Repair Standards.  Amend RSA 407-D by inserting after section 3-a the following new section:

407-D:3-b  Vehicle Repair Standards.  An insurer shall reimburse a repairer for all repairs if a repairer follows original equipment manufacturer recommended collision repair procedures, recommendations, or service bulletins while repairing a vehicle.  

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

19-0853

1/3/19

 

HB 664-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to vehicle repair standards.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

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Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Assessment on insurance companies

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires an insurer to reimburse an automobile repairer for all repairs if the repairer follows an original equipment manufacturer recommended collision repair procedures.

 

The Insurance Department indicates this bill would lead to an increase in complaints to the Department's Consumer Services Division from repair facilities questioning insurers adherence to the statute.  The Department is unable to predict the volume of additional queries and complaints, but believes it could be enough to require an additional staff position.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Insurance Department

 

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