R.I. Governor Vetoes Anti-Steering Bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri has vetoed a bill aimed at protecting a policyholder's right to choose a rental car provider.

The bill (S-2616) would have prohibited insurance carriers from refusing to direct-bill an insured's choice of rental car company. The legislation, which passed both the House and Senate, would have amended the state's Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act.

A number of states have adopted anti-steering legislation to protect a policyholder's right to choose a glass-replacement provider or repair garage.

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