Miss. lawmakers try again on auto insurance checks

A proposal to set up online computer checks to make sure drivers have auto insurance is again moving forward in the Mississippi House. A similar measure was vetoed last year by then-Gov. Haley Barbour.

According to 2009 numbers from the Insurance Research Council, Mississippi has the highest share of uninsured motorists in the nation, at 28 percent. That’s twice the national level of uninsured motorists found by the council, which is an arm of the property insurance industry.

The measure, sponsored by House Insurance Committee Chairman Gary Chism, R-Columbus, calls for the Department of Public Safety to contract with a company to provide the service.