The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
March 8th, 2023

Legislative Roundup: Enforcement Operations and New Bills

I started 2023 by reporting on a December 28, 2022, illegal window tint enforcement operation in California. Just a few weeks later, The International Window Film Association (IWFA) sent out an alert to its members concerning Connecticut Senate Bill 586, which, if passed, would prohibit the installation of “any transparent material on the front windshield or on the front side windows of any motor vehicle.” In a trend shift, a new Iowa bill would increase the tint level permissible for front vehicle windows in the state.

Senate File 491

According to Iowa Capital Dispatch, Iowa has among the strictest regulations surrounding front windshield tint in the U.S. Current administrative rules say front driver and passenger windows of a vehicle must allow 70% of light to shine through.

Senate File 350, now renumbered as Senate File 491, would decrease the required light transmittance to 25% in Iowa, comparable to what states such as Missouri and Texas allow.

Iowa Capital Dispatch reported that Sen. Claire Celsi, D-West Des Moines, opposed the legislation and said state troopers who spoke at a subcommittee meeting for the bill were concerned about its impact on traffic stops. “It comes down to a safety issue, especially when someone is being stopped and the law enforcement officer cannot see inside the vehicle,” she said.

Jared Strong of Iowa Capital Dispatch reported: “To allay that concern, the bill will likely be amended if it advances further to include a requirement for drivers with tinted front windows to lower them during traffic stops, said Sen. Adrian Dickey, R-Packwood.”

Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA, says, “The IWFA is aware of this legislation and is working toward a positive outcome for Iowa citizens.”

Editor’s Note: The debate on permissible window tint continues. Where does your state stand on window tint, and how can our industry tackle the rise of illegal window tinting? Sound off in the comments below.

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