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Ivey enacts insurance exemption for active duty military

In Alabama, all motor vehicles must have liability insurance.

Under a law signed by Gov. Kay Ivey today, those on active military duty who have their vehicle registered in Alabama, but live elsewhere, will be able to purchase liability coverage in the state they reside while on active duty — instead of having to maintain two policies.

The bill, which deals with Mandatory Liability Insurance (MLI) for Alabamians serving in the military, received strong support in the Legislature.

“Alabama has a proud history of supporting the men and women who protect our country, and as governor, I have actively sought ways to make our state even more friendly to our active servicemen, veterans and their families,” said Ivey.

Under current law, all motor vehicles registered in this state are required to continually maintain an active Alabama minimum motor vehicle liability insurance policy. Meaning the new exemption will remove unnecessary burdens on Alabama military residents.

Rep. Rhett Marques and Sen. Josh Carnley, both Republicans from Enterprise, carried the legislation in their respective chambers. Their district includes Fort Novosel (formerly Fort Rucker), the Army Aviation Center of Excellence with more than 5,000 troops stationed there.

“With the passage of HB210, we continue to make Alabama the most military-friendly state in the country,” said Marques. “It is our standard to make everyday life easier for our military families. I’m proud to work with Governor Ivey and my legislative colleagues on this important initiative aimed at giving back to those who sacrifice so much.”

“It was an honor to be able to carry legislation that helps those who sacrifice every day for Alabama,” Carnley said. “We are thankful to the men and women who serve and will continue to work to show them we appreciate their service.”

This is the most recent piece of legislation passed and signed to support service members, veterans and their families.

Last year, Ivey enacted laws to make life easier for military families — such as registering their children in public schools, helping spouses find work, and providing more scholarship opportunities through the Alabama G.I. and Dependents’ Educational Benefit Act.

Grayson Everett is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270 for coverage of the 2023 legislative session. 

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