Advo probe raises questions about insurance-crackdown bill

The bill, SB 54, is sailing through the Legislature with little critical questioning. That’s what newspapers are for.

The Advocate published some damn good journalism today, throwing back the veil on the genesis of legislation put forward as a “public safety” initiative but which, not coincidentally — it’s never coincidental — would line the pockets of a corporation.

Senate Bill 54 would authorize the installation of cameras on police cars that can automatically scan license plates and identify uninsured motorists and stolen vehicles. It sounds like a good idea on the surface, but as The Advocate’s Tyler Bridges reports, fines generated by the technology would substantially benefit a private company, and the bill owes its genesis at least in part to a private meeting held in the office of former Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker.

Read the report here.