A Texas Representative Bill Zedler, District 96 (R-Arlington), said that he would be modifying a bill that would necessitate naturalization to purchase automobile insurance.
It would be obligatory citizenship status to purchase automobile insurance by providing a passport, birth certificate or citizenship papers.
Fair Defense Project’s Emily Gerrick said, “there should be fewer barriers to buy car insurance, not more. This is could also affect U.S. citizens as well. Not everyone who’s a citizen has a passport, it’s very difficult to get a birth certificate, we really want to make it easier for people to get car insurance, I think it’s good for everybody.”
Representative Bill Zedler says, “We are reworking the bill. That’s partly because it would affect documented immigrants as well. The intent of the bill was to stop a reported practice of some insurance companies selling coverage and then not paying claims to those without a driver’s license. law enforcement has reported this as a problem. Zedler said they’re going to try and stop this issue in another way. Remco insurance has several locations in Austin. They provide insurance to anyone, even if they don’t have a driver’s license.”
“People without a license buy insurance a lot. If the original bill passed as written, it would affect a lot of people. “I don’t think that’s a smart decision to do. You don’t want them driving without insurance.” Remco Sales agent Alejandra Valdez said.