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Bill modifying insurance code passes in House

Published: Thursday, March 14 2013 10:50 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would modify the insurance code regarding uninsured and underinsured motorists passed unanimously Tuesday in the House.

The bill previously passed the Senate and will go to the governor for his consideration.

SB236, sponsored by Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, allows for a person applying for uninsured or underinsured insurance coverage to fill out a brief form that informs them of the consequences of that choice.

A couple of recent court decisions have said opting either in or out of uninsured or underinsured motor insurance should be a lengthy process, said the bill's House sponsor, Rep. Jack Draxler, R-North Logan.

“It doesn’t have to be exhaustive and lengthy,” Draxler said. “It needs to be lengthy enough to cover the subject, but short enough not to confuse people.”

Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, encouraged support of the bill: “I’d like to voice my thanks to my friend from Cache County. This is a good bill.”

Draxler said SB236 has the support of the plaintiff bar, the defense bar and insurance industry.

Rachel Lowry

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