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New bill aims to give customers more options in car accidents

MADISON (WKOW) -- State lawmakers are working to let people know their options in the event of a car accident.

Under the current "direct repair program," insurers recommend a list of body shops. A new bill would require insurance providers and body shops to make it clear customers decide where to get their car fixed.

The Wisconsin Insurance Alliance, which opposes the bill, says it would essentially give repair shops blank checks to fix cars, and insurance companies would pick up costs.

Lawmakers behind the legislation argue insurance companies would still decide the price of repairs.

"If the insurance company works within this price range, then let the consumer make the final call," said Sen. Pat Kreitlow, a democrat from Chippewa Falls.

The bill is currently in a committee. If it passes, it will head to the Senate.

If the legislature does not vote on the bill before it ends its session in four weeks, lawmakers must re-introduce the bill this fall.

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