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Insurance reforms an open question for the fall

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network


LANSING, MI – Governor Rick Snyder says he wants to reform insurance regulations this fall. But there is confusion at the state Capitol over just how sweeping those proposed changes will be.

The topic of insurance reform came up when Governor Snyder was asked about his support for a repeal of Michigan's motorcyclist helmet law. Snyder says he would like to include that repeal with other changes to insurance regulations, such as requiring bikers who doff their helmets to pay higher premiums.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he asked Snyder about a helmet law repeal at the beginning of the year.

"Yeah, I was just talking about the helmet law and he said he would like to came back and said he saw it as being part of something bigger than just the helmet piece," Richardville says.

But even Richardville is not clear on what other changes to insurance rules Snyder would like to make - or how wide-ranging those changes might be. Richardville says he does expect the issues to surface when lawmakers return to regular session meetings this fall.

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