N.Y.: PIA-priority photo inspection bill passes state Senate

April 26, 2023

PIANY’s top legislative priority for the 2023 legislative year is passage of legislation that would make important reforms to New York state’s outdated photo inspection law (S.5889). That legislation got a giant step closer to becoming a law as S.5889 passed the New York state Senate this afternoon. The same legislation previously passed the state Assembly in March.

The bill’s passage in the Senate comes mere days after it was reported out of the Senate Insurance Committee. Typically, after a bill is reported out of committee it must age before it can be voted on by the full chamber.

This bill, sponsored by Sen. Neil Breslin, D-44, would allow insurance companies to file a waiver with the New York State Department of Financial Services to allow them to waive photo inspections for all or some of the personal automobiles they insure.

PIANY strongly supported the passage of S.5889. The association would like to thank all the PIA members who participated in PIANY’s grassroots campaign to build support for this important issue. PIANY would like to extend a big thank you as well to Sen. Breslin for his continues leadership on this issue.

Photo Inspection reform now has passed both the state Assembly and Senate! The bill will next go to Gov. Kathy Hochul for her consideration. While the governor vetoed photo inspection legislation last session, the legislation that passed the Senate today mirrors exactly language the governor included in her budget proposal. As such, it is expected that the governor will support this measure.

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Learn more about photo inspection reform here.

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About the author…

Jaye Czupryna

Jaye Czupryna is publications manager for PIA Northeast and editor-in-chief of PIA Magazine. She started her career in public relations, and she has been with PIA for more than 20 years. She has overseen PIA Northeast’s various publications, including the award-winning magazine since 2009. Jaye graduated cum laude from Siena Collage where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Communications.

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