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State Assembly passes bill to study auto limits

The state Assembly this week passed legislation (A.3787) to create a study of the minimum coverage amounts for noncommercial auto insurance. The bill would require the New York State Department of Financial Services to conduct a study that would include a review of the minimum coverage amounts for the following types of automobile insurance coverage: liability, uninsured motorist, no-fault and additional coverage options, including, but not limited to, comprehensive collision and supplemental uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

The bill also would require that a report detailing the NYDFS findings as well as recommendations as to whether the required minimum coverage amounts for liability, uninsured motorist coverage and no-fault should be increased; the extent to which such coverage should be increased; and the impact this would have on premiums be submitted to the governor, the Senate, the Assembly, and the chairs of the Senate and Assembly standing committees on insurance no later than April 15, 2018. The study would be created in consultation with relevant stakeholders, including insurance companies, insurance producers and consumer advocacy groups.

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