State Legislature Puts Early Emphasis on Auto No-fault Insurance Reform
Posted on January 18, 2019
Initial bill introductions in the new state Legislature have placed an early focus on auto no-fault insurance reform. Members of both the House and Senate have released bills aimed at amending the current law, and legislative leaders have pegged auto no-fault as a top issue this legislative session.
House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) has also appointed members to a Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates that will be chaired by Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Clare). The committee’s vice chair will be Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City), and Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) was selected to be minority vice chair. Committee membership has been rounded out with three Republicans, including Reps. Ben Frederick (Owosso), Beau LaFave (Iron Mountain) and Lynn Afendoulis (Grand Rapids Township), and three Democrats, including Reps. Terry Sabo (Laketon Township), Kyra Bolden (Southfield) and Karen Whitsett (Detroit), to give it a 5-4 partisan standing. There have been no posted hearings to date, but LaFave has released a bill on the matter.
Seven bills regarding Michigan’s auto insurance have been introduced in the Senate in the session’s first days. Five were dropped by Senate Whip Pete Lucido (R-Shelby Township), one by freshman Sen. Paul Wojno (D-Warren) and Senate Bill 1, an intent bill from Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton). SB 1 will most likely be the vehicle for any no-fault changes in the Senate, and discussions on the bill will take place in the Senate Insurance and Banking Committee that is chaired by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton).
The MHA will continue to update members on any legislation pertaining auto no-fault insurance that may arise. For more information, contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.
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