Ind. Insurer Lobbyist Introduces Amendment for Alternative Industry Standards

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Feb. 27, 2018—An amendment to Senate Bill 164 was passed by the House Insurance Committee on Feb. 21. 

Insurance Institute of Indiana and State Farm lobbyist Jon Zarich last week presented an amendment eliminating insurance adherence to estimating systems.

The bill was first sponsored in the House by committee Chairman Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, and Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne. The president of the Indiana Auto Body Association voiced his support for the amendment before the House Insurance Committee on Feb. 21 but now opposes it.

The amendment gives the consumer, not the repairer, the responsibility to prove industry standards were as good as the instructions set out by the automakers who built the new technology. 

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