In the now-traditional flurry of activity to end the 2011-12 General Assembly session, a bill was passed by both chambers of the legislature that allows auto body shops to sue insurance companies over the cost of repairs.
The bill, sponsored in the House by Rep. Stephen R. Ucci (D-Johnston), now goes to Gov. Lincoln Chafee for his signature.
Ucci told the House on June 11 that the bill would "level the playing field" in allowing local shops a legal recourse for disputing repair estimates, the Journal reported.
Other legislators, including Rep. Robert Watson (R-East Greenwich) and Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown), argued that the bill would increase costs for Rhode Island car owners, who are legally required to carry insurance on their vehicles.
Dawson estimated that the average driver in Rhode Island would pay an additional $164 in insurance premiums, the Journal reported.
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