LASATA: Senate Bill 1: Reforming auto no-fault

Published 9:46 am Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Throughout my campaign and in the first several weeks serving as southwest Michigan’s state senator, I have talked about our priority to fix Michigan’s costly auto insurance system. Last week, Senate Republicans took action by introducing the first bill of the year to do just that. 

Michigan drivers pay the highest auto insurance premiums in the nation, by far. All over Michigan auto insurance is a burden on all of our budgets. And, while these costs strain many, some forgo auto insurance entirely, compounding the problem. This is a problem we all share.

That is why I have made it my priority to drive down the cost of auto insurance for southwest Michigan families and why I believe now is the time to get it done. I am confident that Senate Bill 1 will bring much needed reforms that will lower auto insurance costs.

The bill will give drivers more choice in what they pay for, ensure accident victims receive medical care, help lower the number of people without auto insurance and reduce fraud in the system. These are reasonable changes that will provide relief to families’ pocket books by lowering insurance rates.

SB 1 was sent to the Insurance and Banking Committee, of which I am a member, and I look forward to working on this bill through the committee process to make sure it is the best it can be.

This is a problem we all share, and fixing it is our top priority. By working together, we can get it done.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the important issues facing southwest Michigan. You can reach me at 517-373-6960 or

Kim LaSata, R, represents the 21st District, which includes Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.