LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives voted down House Bill 5013, which would make sweeping changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. In response, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement: 

“I voted against House Bill 5013 because this plan benefits insurance companies by allowing them to cut benefits without long-term cost reductions for all drivers. HB 5013 also fails to prohibit the particularly egregious practice of basing policy costs on non-driving factors, such as age, education level and address. Ultimately, I voted against this plan because there is a better plan out there that we could be moving through the Legislature. The Fair and Affordable No-Fault Reform package would reduce costs for seniors, provide rate relief without slashing coverage, fight fraud and prohibit rates based on non-driving factors. Those are the reforms Michiganders want and deserve, and this is the plan we should be voting on.”