The Rhode Island House of Representatives has authorized a ban on auto insurance providers from charging higher rates to widowed individuals. Rep. Arthur Handy sponsored the bill after becoming aware of the practice following his wife’s passing. The legislation aims to prevent the unnecessary and hurtful portrayal of widows as higher risk drivers. The bill has the support of the local insurance industry and, if passed by the Senate, will go into effect on policies issued after Jan. 1, 2024. The post includes an image of the Rhode Island State House.

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