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Arizona senate votes to raise minimum auto liability insurance

Posted: 1:04 PM, Feb 23, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-23 20:04:44Z

The Arizona Senate has voted to raise the minimum amount of liability coverage drivers are required to carry on auto insurance policies.

Supporters of Senate Bill 1111 say the current minimums are too low and shift the cost and responsibility to accident victims.

Opponents say current liability insurance limits are sufficient to protect citizens and raising them will lead to more uninsured motorists. Republican Sen. David Farnsworth of Mesa said he thinks the legislation will increase premiums for everyone.

The current limit of $15,000 in liability coverage for a single injury has been in place for decades. The proposal by Republican Sen. Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix raises the minimum to $25,000.

Thursday's 18-12 Senate vote sends the measure to the House for action.