Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Iowa Senator Introduces Bill Proposing Study of Direct Repair Programs
The Automotive Service Association reported that Iowa state Sen. Brad Zaun (R-20) recently introduced Iowa Senate Bill 42 requesting an interim study committee on automobile insurance direct repair programs (DRPs). Under the legislation, a committee would be appointed to study DRPs used by some automobile insurance companies and would a review and analysis of the use of the programs and the effect they have on body repair shops, insurance costs and Iowa consumers.
In addition to state legislators, the committee would be comprised of three consumers, four body shop representatives, and four insurance industry representatives. The committee would meet twice during the 2013 legislative interim and would be required to submit findings and any recommendations to the general assembly by January 1, 2014.
The bill's sponsor, Senator Brad Zaun, is a former hardware store owner who was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2004 after serving as the Mayor of Urbandale.