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2013-04-18 / General Stories

Texas Senate Passes SB 181, Authorizes Use of Cell Phone to Verify Insurance

Austin, TX - State Senator Glenn Hegar (R, of Katy) passed Senate Bill 181 out of the Texas Senate on Thursday, April 4, 2013. This is a common sense bill that would allow motorists to use their cell phone to provide proof of insurance.

Once the bill passes out of the legislature, Texas will become the seventh state to pass similar legislation. Nearly half of state legislatures in the country are now considering changing their laws to allow drivers to use their cell phones to show their insurance identification cards in order to prove they are insured. Texas previously adopted the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act, which permits businesses and individuals to complete business transactions electronically.

“The ability for people to pull up their proof of insurance on their electronic device increases efficiency and eliminates someone scrambling through their glove compartment looking for their proof of insurance. This is a common sense law that gives consumers more choices and moves us into the 21st Century,” said Senator Hegar. “This bill allows insurance companies to meet their policyholders’ needs by expanding online services to satisfy customer expectations in our quickly moving electronic age.”

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. Senate District 18 contains over one-third of the Texas coastline. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid- 1800s. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.

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