BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is blaming Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration for the "notices of delinquent debt" issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles.
"These notices are an attempt by the Jindal administration to plug a hole in the state's budget," Donelon said in a written release.
He is condemning the move, which caused more than a million people to receive debt collection notices. He said the way the issue is being handled is "fundamentally unfair."
According to the written release, the Department of Insurance has received lots of inquiries and complaints about the notices, but Donelon said his department does not have the information to determine whether people were insured five or 10 years ago.
Read the entire news release below:
The Department of Public Safety sent out 1.2 million letters informing people that sometime along the way their car insurance had lapsed in Louisiana and they now owe a fine. The fine can range anywhere from $125 to $525, and if not paid in 60 days, the letter says a person's tax refund "will be seized."