June 8, 2010 Ballot Prop. 17

Proposition 17: Auto Insurance

Official Results

Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.

Yes votes: 1,889,363 (48.1%)
No votes: 2,038,215 (51.9%)

Insurance companies could offer new customers a discount on their automobile insurance premiums based on the length of time a customer has maintained bodily injury liability coverage with another insurer.

Pro/Con Statements

Supporters say that Proposition 17 can save insured drivers up to $250 by eliminating a surcharge for changing insurance companies. They claim that Proposition 17 corrects a flaw in state law which prevents insured drivers from taking continuous coverage discounts with them if they change insurers.
Opponents say that Proposition 17 will allow auto insurance companies to raise preiums by as much as $1000 on good drivers. They say that the proposition reverses a voter approved law and allows new insurance surcharges that will harm middle class families and lead to more uninsured motorists.