Texas House Rejects Bill Monitoring Auto Coverage

The Texas House halted a bill Monday that would establish a state-wide system to verify motor vehicle insurance.

Under HB-814, Texans would have to pay an extra dollar when registering their vehicles. The extra fee would go to the development of a separate agency that monitors auto insurance coverage.

If the bill had passed, system administrators would be able to track down uninsured drivers and impose penalties on anyone without proper auto coverage. Opponents of the bill say it was a flawed attempt to keep uninsured drivers off the road because it imposed an additional tax.