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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1323         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 969

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act reforming labor rates paid by insurance companies to auto repairers in the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Jason Lewis

 

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1323        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 969

By Ms. Reinstein of Revere, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 969) of Kathi-Anne Reinstein and others for legislation to authorize the Commissioner of Insurance to set labor rates paid by insurance companies to auto repairers.  Financial Services. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act reforming labor rates paid by insurance companies to auto repairers in the Commonwealth.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 100A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 14 the following section:-

              Section 15. The commissioner of insurance shall set the minimum hourly labor rate that insurers shall pay on insured claims for repairs made by registered motor vehicle repair shops. The rate shall be the minimum rate paid by insurers on all Massachusetts insured motor vehicle damage claims and shall be the average of the hourly rates paid by insurers for motor vehicle damage repairs in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. In determining the average of rates, the commissioner shall utilize data available from independent collision repair estimating services. Upon setting the rate, the commissioner shall have the discretion to adjust the hourly rate by not more than 3 per cent greater or 3 per cent less than said average. The commissioner shall review the hourly labor rate once every 3 years to make readjustments as necessary; provided, however, that the commissioner shall provide a report of any proposed new rate to the joint committee on financial services 15 days before promulgation. The commissioner shall adopt regulations for the administration and enforcement of this section. 

              SECTION 2. Section 113B of chapter 175 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after the word “commissioner” in line 14, the following:- ; provided, however, that collision repair hourly labor rates, set 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.

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