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Alabama House Committee Makes Favorable Recommendation on Auto Glass Deductible Bill
March 18, 2009

The Alabama's house committee on banking and insurance has made a favorable recommendation on a bill that would make it so that deductibles do not apply to windshield damage in the state. The bill was read in the House committee for the second time since the session opened last week.

If passed, the bill would provide that "the deductible provisions in any motor vehicle insurance policy issued in this state by an authorized insurer providing comprehensive coverage or combined additional coverage shall not be applicable to damage to the windshield of any motor vehicle covered under such a policy."

The bill was pre-filed by Rep. Thomas Jackson on January 28. Rep. Jackson had not responded to requests for comment on the bill at press time, and Rep. Lesley Vance, who chairs the banking and insurance committee, was not available for comment.

One glass shop owner in Fultondale, Ala., points out that the bill likely won't affect business much either way, as waiving deductibles tends to be a common practice.

"I think it will still be the same problem, but maybe not as bad," says Rick Bradberry of Bradberry Auto Glass. "Business has gotten so slow, though, people are doing what they have to do."

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