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House Passes Bill Allowing Proof of Insurance to be Proven by Displaying on a Mobile Device

Higgins’ HB 146 allows people to live paperless and cut hassle for fix-it tickets

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House of Representatives today unanimously passed a bill cutting the hassle from some minor traffic stops for Alaskans who would choose to live a paperless life or want instant online access to their proof of insurance.

House Bill 146, sponsored by Representative Pete Higgins, R-Fairbanks, would make it legal for a person to display their automobile proof of insurance on a personal mobile electronic device.

“This is a great step to modernize the method in which peace officers accept proof of insurance,” Higgins said. “HB 146 should make traffic stops less of a hassle and cut down on ‘fix-it’ tickets that can take hours standing on line at the DMV or courthouse to resolve. I’ve lived in Alaska almost all my life and we’re always a little bit behind the technology curve – this bill puts us on track nationally, with 20 other states considering similar bills, and six already having them on the books.”

HB 146 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.

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