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Bill to reduce insurance rates in Michigan fails

Posted On Fri, October 30, 2009

A Michigan state senator is lambasting Republicans for defeating a bill she presented that related to home and auto insurance.

Senator Martha G. Scott, who is a Democrat from Highland Park, presented the bill, which would have barred insurance companies from taking where a person lives into account when determining auto and home insurance rates.

Scott said that rather than give her bill consideration in a committee, Republicans in the senate moved to have it voted on immediately, which led to its defeat. Scott vowed to continue to fight for lower insurance rates for people in the state.

"If we are going to require that every driver carry auto insurance then we need to make sure that the rates they are charged are fair, and right now these rates are anything but fair," Scott said.

Citing statistics from Michigan Auto Theft Prevention Authority, Scott noted that even though auto thefts fell 14.2 percent in Detroit from 2006 to 2007, auto insurance cost still have not decreased.

Despite the fact that Scott's measure failed, there are ways for people in the state to try and get cheaper auto or home insurance. Consumers may consider bundling their policies with one provider, which could lead to savings.

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