Rep. Ryan Guillen Nears Passage of Digital Insurance Bill



State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-District 31) is close to passing a bill making it easier for drivers to show proof of insurance. “This will keep Texas on the fresh face of technology,” said Representative Guillen. The committee report on HB 239 was fast tracked to a House vote and it is likely to be passed next week.

“The extreme growth of smartphone technology, nearly doubling from 2010-2012 and estimated to exceed 135 million users in the United States this year; is projected to continue to climb. A Pew research study shows that over 35% of adults own smartphones, and an even higher percentage of young people are using this technology. With such exponential growth, many insurance companies have created mobile applications with features that include tools to more accurately log accident information and provide users with vital information regarding their policy,” Rep. Guillen said.

“This technology is a pervasive part of our life. Even the insurance companies see the value in using the technology at hand, and it is time that Texas led the nation in this digital initiative,” Rep. Guillen added. “This bill does not require or allow phones to be used at all when vehicles are in operation, it merely allows for them to be used in cases where the vehicle is pulled over or in an accident; HB 239 allows drivers to utilize their smartphone to show proof of insurance instead of paper copies.”

“Understanding that this technology has become intertwined with our lives and that it is valuable to take this step, HB 239 has been successful in its’ journey through the house and will likely be passed later this week.” Concluded Rep. Guillen.

If passed, this bill will go into effect September 1, 2013. Representative Ryan Guillen is currently serving a second term as Chairman of the Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism for 2013-2014. Rep. Guillen is also a senior member of the Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures.

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen is serving in his sixth term in the Texas House representing House District 31, which includes the South Texas counties of Atascosa, Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, and Willacy.