Articles by David Eggert

Michigan House Votes to Ban Drivers Under 18 from Using Cellphones

Drivers younger than 18 would be prohibited from using cellphones except for emergencies under legislation approved by the Michigan House. Michigan now bars drivers with a learner’s or intermediate permit – those as young as 14 years, 9 months to …

Michigan Car Insurance Fee Dropping by 55% Next Year

Michigan drivers who want unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries will pay $100 per vehicle starting in July, which will be 55% less than the record-high $220 annual fee they currently pay. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, a state-created nonprofit …

Michigan’s Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Blocked by Judge

A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state’s weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the …

Suit Challenges Michigan Insurance Director Fox over $250K Benefit Cap

The administrator of a plan that covers the medical expenses of uninsured non-drivers who are injured in car crashes is suing the state of Michigan, alleging that a regulator’s recent orders conflict with the state’s new auto insurance overhaul. The …

Insurers Named as Defendants in Challenge to Michigan Auto Insurance Law

Crash victims and a brain-injury rehabilitation facility challenged Michigan’s new auto insurance law on Oct. 3, contending that pending limits on reimbursement rates for nursing and other care violate their constitutional rights. The lawsuit, filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, …

Michigan Democratic Leader Says Businesses, Heavy Trucks Must Fix Roads

With Republicans firmly opposed to a 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, Democratic lawmakers want businesses to do more to help fix the roads. A new $1.2 billion proposal from House Democrats would raise the state’s corporate tax, create a new 6-cents-a-mile …

Michigan Governor: With Insurance Deal Done, No Time to Waste on Road Fixes

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said talks with Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on her proposed fuel tax increase can “start in earnest” following the enactment of a bipartisan auto insurance overhaul, and there is no reason why a road-funding deal cannot be struck …

Gov.: Care for Injured Drivers in Michigan Will ‘Still Be There’ After Insurance Overhaul

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on May 28 defended a pending overhaul of the state’s auto insurance law, saying treatment for injured drivers will “still be there” if they forego what has been a one-of-its-kind, mandatory unlimited personal injury protection benefit. …

Bill to Cut Auto Insurance Premiums Passed by Michigan Legislature

Michigan’s Legislature on May 24 passed a landmark bill that would cut the country’s highest auto insurance premiums by letting drivers forego a one-of-a-kind requirement to buy unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The votes followed the announcement of an …

Quicken Loans’ Gilbert Starts Ballot Drive to Cut Michigan Auto Premiums

Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is starting a ballot drive as a “failsafe” in case Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer do not enact legislation to cut the country’s highest auto insurance premiums. The move, confirmed Monday by Gilbert’s …