The Insurance Alliance of Michigan (IAM) today applauded legislative leaders in the Michigan Senate and House for moving forward on pledges to fix Michigan’s broken, outdated auto no-fault system. Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) today introduced Senate Bill 1, legislation to reform auto no-fault, meanwhile House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) announced the formation of a special committee to work on auto no-fault reform.
“We applaud Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, Sen. Nesbitt and House Speaker Chatfield for taking meaningful steps in the first few days of this legislative session to get to work on fixing Michigan’s broken, outdated auto no-fault system,” said Tricia Kinley, executive director of the Insurance Alliance of Michigan. “These actions by our legislative leaders send a clear signal that auto no-fault reform is a top priority.”
State Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) will chair the newly formed House committee on auto insurance reform. Other committee members have not been announced. The introduction of SB 1 leaves no doubt auto no-fault reform is a top priority among legislators this session.
Longtime reform advocate state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) was named the chair of the Senate Insurance and Banking Committee last week.
According to Insure.com, Michigan drivers have paid the highest auto insurance premiums in the country for the last five years. One of the biggest drivers behind Michigan’s skyrocketing insurance premiums is the mandate that every driver purchase unlimited, lifetime medical benefits with their auto insurance. Michigan is the only state in the nation that forces its drivers to pay what’s becoming an unaffordable mandate.
“The Insurance Alliance of Michigan is looking forward to working with the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pass meaningful reforms to rein in the cost of auto insurance in Michigan,” Kinley said.