AB 1679: Reining in Insurance Department’s Regulatory Authority

Ian Adams
Senior fellow with the R Street Institute.

After years of falling rates, the cost of auto insurance is now once again increasing across the nation. The problems of distracted driving and rising repair expenses are acting together to force rates up. Legislators in Capitol buildings throughout the country are directing their attention at the trend in an effort to ensure that their constituents have […]

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Bill Handicaps the Self-Driving Car Industry

Ian Adams
Senior fellow with the R Street Institute.

Regulating something before it even exists is as tricky as it is ill-advised. But that’s exactly what California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, wants to do with the nascent self-driving car industry. Skinner has introduced S.B. 802, legislation that would require any fully or almost fully autonomous vehicles to be certified as “zero emissions”—that is, […]

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