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Mississippi Lawmakers Increase Minimum Auto Liability Limits, Says NAMIC

INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2005)— Mississippi lawmakers increased the state’s minimum auto liability limits during their regular legislative session which ended on Wednesday, an official of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) said today.

“Before House Bill 722 was enacted, Mississippi had the lowest minimum automobile liability limits in the country,” said NAMIC State Affairs Manager David Reddick. “The new limits are now more in line with the minimum limits in other states.”

House Bill 722 increases the statutory minimum for motor vehicle liability insurance coverage in any one accident from $10,000 to $25,000 for bodily injury to or death of one person, from $20,000 to $50,000 for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons and from $5,000 to $25,000 for injury to or destruction of property of others. Most sections of the bill will take effect on Jan. 1, 2006.

Other bills of note enacted during the regular session include:

  • House Bill 653, which authorizes the Department of Public Safety to make certain information available for compiling vehicle history reports;
  • House Bill 1041, which will require background checks for persons applying for a commercial driver’s license with a hazardous material endorsement;
  • House Bill 1238, which requires the Department of Public Safety to maintain a database of insured motorists; and
  • House Bill 1322, which requires insurers to file annual and quarterly financial reports to the Insurance Commissioner.

NAMIC has compiled a preliminary list of enacted Mississippi legislation. The list can be found on NAMIC’s website.

Posted: Friday, April 08, 2005 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Friday, April 08, 2005 2:50:52 PM.

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