Midland County Council Now Urges State to Support Residents Affected by Auto Insurance Reform Act


The Midland County Board of Commissioners voted 4-2 on Tuesday to support a resolution defending local residents affected by Michigan’s auto insurance reform law.

The resolution urges the state legislature to amend the Automobile Insurance Reform Act to establish a “sustainable” reimbursement cap for survivors of catastrophic vehicle accidents and their families. This item and all other items on Tuesday’s agenda were approved by the committee.

For about a month, several healthcare providers made efforts, including advocating for residents of Midland County, to encourage the resolution. Commissioners Jeanette Snyder and James Geisler voted against; Chairman Mark Bone abstained in the vote, citing his ownership of an insurance agency.

The 2019 law, among other things, repealed Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law and eliminated the requirement that coverage include a bodily injury protection provision that pays unlimited costs for bodily injury. .

This means that Michigan residents who have suffered catastrophic injuries in traffic accidents and need lifelong medical assistance can no longer afford their health care. The law went into effect last July and has become a matter of concern for the local council as 20 other Michigan counties have passed similar resolutions.

County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in the County Services Building. Lee shared a three-minute testimonial about his family members’ experience with the Michigan Auto Insurance Reform Act of 2019. “/>

Hope resident Terri Lee speaks before the Midland County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in the County Services Building. Lee shared a three-minute testimonial about his family members’ experience with the Michigan Auto Insurance Reform Act of 2019.

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Hope resident Terri Lee spoke to council about her mother’s October 2020 accident, which left Lee to be her mother’s caregiver.

“My mom is a victim of this (Michigan) law,” she told the board on Tuesday.


“There’s something wrong with the law,” Lee continued. “I thought when I brought her home we would have 24/7 care and that’s not the case. It’s her caregiver and the result of the battles we’ve been through. .”

In other business, the board approved mileage renewals in 2022 for roads, senior services, school resource officers and emergency medical services. Meanwhile, the Gypsy Moth Control Program is offering an increase in mileage after an unprecedented cycle last year. The butterfly’s name was changed by entomologists in early March.

The mileage renewals and individual program increase were requested to be placed on the ballot in August and/or November of this year.

A grant agreement of approximately $31,500 for marijuana education, communication and awareness was also approved Tuesday, as part of an effort to reach Midland County residents. The grant is from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for the duration of January 1, 2023 through September 30, 2023.

The proposal for a 2023 budget calendar has been recommended for approval by the Midland County Chief Financial Officer. It was approved as follows:

  • In June, the elected officials/heads of service will submit budget requests to the departmental administrator/controller.
  • Before September 12, the budget recommended by the administrator/controller is assembled and sent to elected officials, including the council of commissioners and department heads.
  • On November 1, the Council of Commissioners adopts a general appropriations resolution and a budget.

The council also proclaimed Tuesday May 1-7 National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.

April 19 was the deadline for submitting candidates to officially participate in Midland County Commission races with the Midland City Council. This list is not official as there is always the possibility of written applications and ineligibility.

Here are the residents seeking a position on the Board of Directors:
District 1: Republican Jeanette Snyder (incumbent)
District 2: Republican Mark Bone (outgoing)
District 3: Republican Steve Glaser (incumbent)
District 4: Republican Gaye Terwillegar (outgoing); Democrat Connie Glave
District 5: Republican James Geisler (incumbent); Republican Kari Atkinson; Democrat Allison Wilcox
District 6: Republican Eric Dorrien (outgoing); Democrat Sarah Schulz
District 7: Republican Scott Noesen (incumbent); Democrat Elayne Smith

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