Whitmer says House bill cutting auto insurance rates doesn't meet her standards

Posted at 11:35 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 12:29:42-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the State House bill that plans to cut auto insurance rates in Michigan does not meet her standard for state residents.

The news comes just one day after Whitmer said she would veto a bill passed in the State Senate that also aims to cut auto insurance rates.

In a statement, Whitmer said she "is only interested in signing a reform bill that is reasonable, fair and provides strong consumer protections and immediate financial relief. In their current form, neither bill passed by the legislature meets that standard."

Whitmer also said that the State Senate's bill "creates more problems than it solves."

Both bills won mostly party-line support, with Republicans controlling both houses. She said the bills wouldn't guarantee rate cuts or address discriminatory rate-setting practices.

The bill that was passed by the House Thursday morning plans to cut auto insurance rates between $120 and $1,200 a year or drivers, and now that bill is in the Senate's hands until Tuesday.

Whitmer said saving money through lower levels of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage doesn't go far enough.