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House bill would let relocating military members keep auto insurance
By Insure.com staff

Military members and their families would get to keep their auto insurance policies when moving from state to state under a bipartisan U.S. House bill introduced in May.

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), an Iraq war veteran and House Armed Services Committee member, introduced the Servicemembers Insurance Relief Act.

"Members of the military must change auto insurance policies with every move across state lines, and the Servicemembers Insurance Relief Act eliminates that cumbersome requirement for our brave men and women in uniform," Royce said in a prepared statement. "This bipartisan legislation makes a simple but meaningful change to current law that will lessen the burden on service members and their families during times of transition."

The bill's introduction follows a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Federal Insurance Office that said eliminating the auto insurance change requirement for relocating service members was one way to improve and modernize insurance regulation.

Lawmakers likely will refer the bill to the House Financial Services Committee, of which Royce is a senior member. Royce and Duckworth are asking for swift passage of the bill for military members.

"As they move their families around the country, we should be doing everything within our power to allow them to do their jobs to the best of their ability," Duckworth said.

The bill will not impact civilians, who still will have to change car insurance policies when moving to different states.

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