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California Governor Vetoes Anti-Steering Bill

California's Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed an anti-steering bill that would have convened a task force "to review the issues arising from the implementation of [the bill's] requirements" and has sent the bill back to the Senate for further review. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

The task force, which would have been formed by the insurance commissioner, would have been scheduled to report its findings in writing to the legislature by December 31, 2009.

In addition, if passed, the bill would have amended Section 758.5 of the state's insurance code to require insurers to ask policyholders if they have chosen a repair shop prior to suggesting one.

The California Assembly passed the bill on July 15, before it proceeded to the Senate, where it was passed in August.

The bill was introduced on February 7 by Sen. Patricia Wiggins and Sen. Carole Migden.

CLICK HERE for the bill's full history and text.

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