Senate rejects bill that would reduce auto insurance premiums

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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.

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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.