SECTION 1. Chapter 100A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 14 the following section:-
Section 15. The minimum hourly labor rate that insurers pay on insured claims for repairs made by registered motor vehicle repair shops shall be the average of the hourly rates reported by the Mitchell Industry Trends Report, or successor publication, for motor vehicle damage repairs in Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. If an insurer does not use the Mitchell Industry Trends Report or successor publication, the insurer shall use the average of the labor rate it pays in those states, whichever is greater. The insurer shall submit such calculation to the commissioner of the division of insurance every two years.
SECTION 2. Section 113B of chapter 175 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after the word "commissioner" in line 14, the following:- ; provided, however, that collision repair hourly labor rates, established pursuant to section 15 of chapter 100A, shall not be included when considering programs to control costs and expenses under this section or section 113H.
SECTION 3. The commissioner of the division of insurance shall adopt regulations for the administration and enforcement of this section one within ninety days from enactment of this act.
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