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California Uninsured Motorists Act (2008)

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The Uninsured Motorists Act (07-0086) was an initiated state statute that would require police officers issuing citations for failure to provide proof of insurance to also remove the vehicle’s license plates and requires owners of vehicles with removed plates to obtain insurance within seven days or be subject to impoundment.

The proposition's primary supporter, Steve Poizner, announced in late February 2008 that he was dropping the initiative, having concluded that working with the state legislature to get the legislation he wants passed is the preferable alternative right now.[1]

Supporters of the initiative had hoped to qualify it for the November 2008 ballot in California. To do that, they would have had to turn in 433,971 valid signatures by April 21, 2008.

The initiative summary reads as:

Requires police officers issuing citations for failure to provide proof of insurance to also remove the vehicle’s license plates unless doing so would be dangerous or contrary to the interests of justice. Requires owners of vehicles with removed plates to obtain insurance within seven days or be subject to impoundment. Requires Highway Patrol Commissioner to adopt regulations and legislature to appropriate sufficient money to implement Act. Eliminates an exemption from the obligation to provide proof of insurance that would have applied to residents of Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2011. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential state and local law enforcement costs of several million dollars annually on a statewide basis. Ongoing state administrative costs of potentially several million dollars annually, partly offset by fee revenues. Potential, unknown increase in state tax revenue from vehicle insurance purchased by motorists. (Initiative 07-0086.)[2]

Support

Steve Poizner, the California Insurance Commissioner, was the primary sponsor of the initiative.[3]

Opposition

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Status

The petition has been submitted to the California Attorney General.

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