LANSING — Today, Democrats and Republicans in 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. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement: 

“I voted against House Bill 5013 because the changes in it would not save drivers money in the western U.P., or anywhere in Michigan unless you live in the city of Detroit. This bill would force drivers to accept reduced benefits and less coverage without promising them a significant long-term cut in the rates they pay for their insurance. The proposal voted on does not aggressively tackle fraud or claims handling abuse and it does nothing to require the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to be more open and transparent with the people. There is a bipartisan package of no-fault reform bills that deserves our attention because it offers real rate reductions while maintaining the benefits and care that car accident victims need. That Fair and Affordable Plan will give U.P. residents and drivers across Michigan the auto insurance reforms they deserve.”