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State senate bill would allow smartphones to be used to prove auto insurance


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday to let drivers use smartphones to prove that they have auto insurance if they’re stopped.

The bill passed on a voice vote, and it now goes to the Assembly.

Wisconsin became the second-to-last state to require insurance on motor vehicles in the 2009 session, when Democrats were in the majority.

Republicans upheld the insurance requirement two years later, when they reduced coverage limits that were raised by the Democrats in the previous session.

Wednesday bill means that drivers don’t have to carry insurance cards if they can prove on their smartphones that they have coverage.

Those caught without proof of insurance are ticketed – but they have the opportunity to prove later that they’re insured.