Senate rejects bill that would reduce auto insurance premiums


A Senate committee rejected a bill on Tuesday that would reduce auto insurance premiums by curbing civil lawsuits.

The panel also advanced a proposal to raise Louisiana’s minimum age for marriage to 18. The insurance bill was sponsored by Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, and was intended to shield insurance companies from lawsuits and reduce the number of suits against drivers over time.

Talbot’s bill, called the “Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2019,” had passed the House 69-30 last week but failed 4-1 Tuesday in the Senate committee, Judiciary A.

The bill actually could have led to more jury trials, according to a legislative fiscal note by the Louisiana Department of Insurance.