PROVIDENCE -- Few industries are more generous to
Some of the donations went to Gov.
A single family -- the Petrarca family -- which includes former state Rep.
Both sides agree:
A Gatehouse Media investigation published in the
States with the biggest rate hikes include
In a series of tweets,
"RI has passed more auto body legislation than any other state. Period,'' O'Brien tweeted. "It cost upwards of 40% more to repair a car here ... Bills pending in GA will make it worse,'' O'Brien tweeted.
In addition to O'Brien, those testifying against the bills -- in person or in writing -- included representatives of Amica, Allstate and
One of the bills co-sponsored by Ruggerio, Senate Majority Leader
"The function of this bill is to create leverage by which body shops can pressure insurers to authorize repairs on vehicles that should appropriately be declared total losses,'' said
Two other matching bills slated for votes in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Tuesday [S849,H6101] would: "Expand the definitions of unfair claims practices committed by insurers." It would, for example, bar an insurer from refusing to pay a body shop for certain "documented charges" and basing an appraisal on a photograph. The insurers said this would make
"These bills represent the continued undue influence of the Body Shop Industry in the R.I. legislative process,'' said Taylor. "In the name of consumer protection,'' the legislature "simply adds expense to the repair process in
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