A Florida Senate on Wednesday approved a bill designed to reduce abusive auto-glass claims lawsuits and protect consumers from substandard repairs.

SB 1002, authored by state Sen. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando), passed the Senate by a unanimous vote, 40-0. This follows the bill’s approval by the Senate Rules Committee on April 11 in another unanimous vote. The bill would prohibit repair shops from offering inducements such as gift cards to customers in exchange for making insurance claims for auto glass repairs.

In addition, the measure would bar auto insurance policyholders from entering into an assignment-of-benefits contract for an auto glass or windshield repair. A discount for the insured party would also be required when the insurer provides a policy for a managed repair arrangement, according to the state Legislature`s analysis of the bill.

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