House OKs liability insurance requirement

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Mississippians would be required to show proof of insurance under a bill the House approved Wednesday.

Liability insurance is already required to operate motor vehicles in the state, but the House Bill 319 would require drivers to show proof before they can renew their car tags.

Debate lasted for nearly an hour, mostly due to questions from Rep. Adrienne Wooten, D-Jackson, who said the bill was designed to enrich the insurance industry.

Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville, handled the bill and said he believed it was solid legislation and that the House Insurance Committee Chairman Gary Chism, R-Columbus, was attempting to do the right thing.

The bill passed 82 to 33.