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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 896        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 497


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



James T. Welch


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.






James T. Welch


Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

Michael J. Finn

6th Hampden

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

Daniel A. Wolf

Cape and Islands

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 896        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 497

By Mr. Welch, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 497) of James T. Welch, Michael J. Rodrigues, Michael J. Finn, Michael R. Knapik and other members of the General Court for legislation to reform labor rates paid by insurance companies to auto repairers in the Commonwealth.  Financial Services. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 4550 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



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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