AUSTIN, Texas. (May 17, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today’s passage by the Texas Senate of H.B. 1774, legislation designed to rein in the disturbing growth in Texas hail-related litigation. The bill now awaits signature from Gov. Greg Abbott.
Sponsored by state Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Galveston, the measure will help cut insurance premiums and slow the exit of insurers from the Texas market by removing perverse incentives for attorney-led abuse of the legal process.
“The ability to sue if you can’t reach agreement on an insurance claim is important, but it shouldn’t be a first resort,” R Street Southwest Region Director Josiah Neeley said. “H.B. 1774 represents common sense reforms that preserve the right to sue while fixing loopholes in current law that have been abused by trial lawyers to run up their own fees.”
Last year, 500,000 hail claims were filed in the Lone Star State, resulting in more than $4 billion of insured losses, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick listed the legislation among his top 10 priorities of the biennial session.
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