Louisiana Reps Unanimously Pass Electronic Proof of Insurance Bill

Louisiana legislators passed two insurance-related bills in the state House today, one that allows electronic ways of proving coverage and the other that allows police to tow uninsured vehicles.

HB 1130 got heavy support from representatives today with a 94-0 vote that sends the bill to the state Senate for further consideration. The legislation would allow drivers to use a mobile electronic device to display proof of a policy for authorities once they buy auto insurance coverage.

Electronic Proof Legislation Popular for Politicians

Louisiana is one in a long line of states trying to modernize the ways motorists can prove coverage.

Pieces of legislation permitting electronic means of showing financial responsibility are in different stages in different states across the U.S. and have proved to be popular among legislators:

— California: AB 1708 got unanimous approval in an Assembly Committee last week and is currently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

— Idaho: SB 1319, passed by a 33-0 February vote in the state Senate, was signed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter late last month, making the state the first to enact such a law.

— Arizona: HB 2677 was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer late last month after receiving unanimous support from both the state House and Senate.

Louisiana Legislators Consider Other Bills

HB 1053 allows police to immediately tow cars of drivers who cannot provide evidence of insurance, lifting a current provision prohibiting authorities from impounding vehicles of first-time violators of the state’s mandatory insurance law. Current law only allows police to tow cars of uninsured motorists on the second violation or later. The bill was presented in the House chamber today and passed by a 82-7 vote, sending it to the state Senate for further consideration.

Legislators in the state are also considering another bill, HB 713, which would require that police give advance notice to the public whenever they set up checkpoints to verify proper inspection stickers and tags. Current law already requires that police issue public warnings before they establish checkpoints for insurance, seat-belt use and driving under the influence.

HB 713 was moved by a 61-28 vote out of the state House early this month and is currently in the Senate Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works.

About Charles Nguyen
Charles Nguyen is an enterprising journalist who reported for Patch.com and the Desert Dispatch and was the editor in chief of the Guardian (the twice-weekly newspaper at the University of California, San Diego) before coming to Online Auto Insurance News.

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