A Wyoming legislative panel tentatively approved a proposal
Sept. 9 that would double the minimum amount of liability insurance coverage
that Wyoming residents are required to carry in the state.
The committee also considered sponsoring a bill in the
legislative session that begins in January aimed at reducing the number of
people who don’t have vehicle insurance.
Wyoming drivers are now required to carry minimum liability
coverage of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per incident for causing the injury
or death of another person. The minimum coverage for property damage is
A measure before the Joint Transportation, Highways and
Military Affairs Interim Committee would expand that coverage to $50,000 per
person and $100,000 per incident for injury or death, as well as $25,000 for
Tom Loftin, a Wyoming Department of Transportation
spokesman, told the Casper Star-Tribune the state’s minimum insurance requirements
were last changed in the mid-1980s.
Loftin said the highway department has no formal position on
the bill to raise the requirements, but considering that some drivers may not
be able to afford higher insurance premiums, “you may look at the possibility
of many uninsured motorists.”
Transportation panel members voted to sponsor the bill in
the 2005 budget session.
The committee took testimony on another bill that would
require insurance companies to inform the state of people’s vehicle insurance
cancellations, terminations or lapses. The state would then suspend those
drivers’ licenses and vehicle registrations.