Last week the Missouri House of Representatives Insurance Policy Committee adopted House Committee Substitute for HB 735, which contains several provisions designed to reduce the number of uninsured drivers by enhancing enforcement. A key provision of the bill is “No Pay/No Play,” which prohibits uninsured drivers from collecting non-economic damages in lawsuits.
The bill joins the queue of legislation awaiting consideration on the House floor. At the same time, the Senate version of No Pay/No Play is expected to be debated in the next few weeks.
“NAMIC commends the House Insurance Policy Committee for its leadership in taking this pro-active step to reduce the number of uninsured drivers on Missouri roads," said Mark Johnston, NAMIC state affairs manager. "We encourage the legislators to give the bill favorable consideration when it comes to a vote.”
Increasing rates of uninsured motorists are forcing policymakers across the country to search for solutions. Both Kansas and Oklahoma are also debating No Pay/No Play legislation this year. Five states – Alaska, Michigan, California, Louisiana, and New Jersey – currently have No Pay/No Play statutes that are seen as having the strongest enforcement.
Direct questions to NAMIC State Affairs Manager Mark Johnston.
Posted: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 11:53:51 AM.
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