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Monday, 10 August 2009 07:32

AB 1179 is signed into California law

AB 1179 is by Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) was among 128 bills signed into law Aug. 6 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On July 9, a Los Angeles County appelate court upheld Infinity Insurance’s claim that it is only liable for all of its insured’s costs if the vehicle owner uses an Infinity DRP shop for repairs, otherwise it is only liable for 80% of the repair costs.

Consumer Watchdog is urging Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) to amend her proposal (AB 1200) that seeks to undo a current California law prohibiting insurance companies from pushing, or "steering," customers to auto body shops under contract with the insurer.

Since late 2008, Southern California body shops have been prevented from installing new spray booths or been able to modify their existing spray booth from its existing permit condition, including moving an existing booth to a new location, or adding an air make-up system for waterborne paint.

The California Autobody Association (CAA) would like to thank their members for meeting with Senator Yee (SB 350) and Senator Negrete McCloud (SB 427) and educating them regarding the issues surrounding aftermarket crash parts. Both SB 350 and SB 427 are going to be held in Committee and are now two-years bills. They could possibly be back next year in some form or another.

The CRA continues to oppose the insurance industry’s AB 1200 which has been rewritten to do more damage to the state’s anti-steering law. The bill is slated to be heard Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by the Senate Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the State Capitol. At this late date members should email their opposition to the committee’s consultant: Kenneth.cooley@sen.ca.govThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Attached below is the bill followed by the CRA’s latest letter of opposition.