The Senate General Laws Committee last night defeated SB 881, a measure that would allow localities to adopt ordinances to directly bill insurance companies on behalf of local volunteer fire/EMS departments for responding to emergency automobile accidents.
“Accident response fees are a form of double taxation,” said Erin Collins, state affairs manager for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. “These fees are charged for services that are covered by taxation, not by forcing policy coverage where it may not exist. By their nature, accident response fees punish insured drivers for following the law and getting insurance while the uninsured receive no such bills for police and emergency services. NAMIC applauds the committee for their foresight in recognizing this detrimental practice and voting to stop SB 881.”
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