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Mississippi auto insurance bill passes senate

Posted On Tue, February 15, 2011

Days after a bill failed to gain the votes it needed to pass the Mississippi House, a similar bill passed relatively easily in the state's Senate.

On Feb. 11, the Mississippi Senate passed a bill that requires state motorists to present proof of auto insurance coverage to tax collectors before they can receive their car tag.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Cyndi Smith, a Republican senator from Brookhaven, Mississippi, said she voted against the bill because her constituents didn't think it wouldn't help lower the number of uninsured drivers in the state but it would make tax collectors' duties more cumbersome. Most of her fellow Republicans were in favor of the bill.

If the bill garners enough votes in the Mississippi House, which it failed to do last week, it would move on to the governor for his signature.

New Hampshire is the only state that doesn't automatically require a motorist to carry an auto insurance policy. However, drivers with certain types of violations on their records may be required to buy auto insurance.


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