Florida Windshield Inspection Bill Passes Senate Committee

January 19, 2018

A Florida Senate bill that proposes to add language related to windshield inspections to the state’s law was passed with a unanimous vote by the Florida Senate’s Banking and Insurance Committee on January 16. The committee passed a substituted version of the bill.

According to an analysis of the bill by the Banking and Insurance Committee, the updated language “requires the insurance company to conduct the inspection within 24 hours.” It also notes that “the inspection must be performed by an adjuster licensed in Florida who is an employee of the insurer. The insurer may not require an inspection where: windshield damage has demonstrably impacted the structural integrity of the vehicle; or continued use of the vehicle would be a violation of law prohibiting the operation of unsafe vehicles.”

Click here for the bill’s current language as passed by the committee.

A similar bill also was pre-filed in the state’s House by Rep. Rene Plasencia on November 28. The House version of the bill is currently under the review of the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee, which is a subcommittee of the Commerce Committee. It was first read by the House committee on January 9.

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