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Claims News Service, Nov. 21, 2:35 p.m. EST — The Louisiana Legislature narrowly passed a bill that requires all vehicles determined to be “total” losses as a result of recent flooding to be crushed.

“This bill is not the solution to deal with the flooded vehicles issue in Louisiana,” said Greg LaCost, assistant vice president, regional manager and counsel for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). “While PCI believes that contaminated vehicles should be destroyed for the health and welfare of the public, HB 11 goes well beyond that. It is destructive to Louisiana commerce and consumers by not limiting itself to vehicles that are dangerous to the public. While vehicles contaminated by salt water or biohazard materials should be disassembled and taken off the roads, HB 11 would result in the destruction of thousands of vehicles that could be salvaged.

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