SB 11 Reported Favorably; Bans Gender Discrimination in Auto Insurance Premiums.
Published 7:32 am Thursday, April 27, 2023
SB 11 by Senator Jay Luneau was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Insurance on Wednesday, April 26. It now heads to the Senate floor for a vote of the full body.
SB 11 prohibits auto insurance companies from discriminating against women when setting premiums. It is a pro-consumer bill that Real Reform Louisiana included in our legislative agenda.
Real Reform Louisiana would like to thank Senator Jay Luneau for authoring SB 11 and Senators Louie Bernard, Royce Duplessis, Katrina Jackson, Barrow Peacock, and Gary Smith for voting in favor of the bill in committee.
Many insurance companies charge women higher premiums than men, despite women being statistically better drivers. According to studies, women get fewer speeding tickets, receive fewer DWIs, and have fewer fatal accidents.
Auto insurance is state mandated for all drivers and rates should be set based on driving-related factors, not immutable characteristics like gender.
The Consumer Federation of America analyzed auto insurance premium data acquired from Quadrant Information Services for ten insurance companies writing policies in Louisiana. The premiums are calculated based on a base profile for a 35-year-old male or female driver who has a perfect driving record, drives a 2011 Honda Civic LX, and purchases the minimum required auto insurance coverage. Five of ten companies charge women more than men, with two insurance companies charging female drivers over $150 more than their male counterparts.
SB 11 would protect women from this unfair and discriminatory practice, ensuring that women are not unfairly penalized for their gender when it comes to auto insurance premiums by requiring insurance companies to set rates based on driving-related factors.
“SB 11 was reported favorably by Senate Insurance, which is a step in the right direction,” said Ben Riggs, executive director of Real Reform Louisiana. “No one should be penalized for their gender. Statistically, women are better drivers than men. The Louisiana Senate now has the opportunity to end the discriminatory practice of charging women higher auto insurance premiums than men and put more money in the pockets of Louisiana families.”