Whitmer says she "will not be bullied" on the issue of auto insurance

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - "I'm not going to be bullied," those words came from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Wednesday afternoon.

She was responding to a ballot drive started by Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert.

The ballot drive is Gilbert's response in case Michigan's Republican-led Legislature and the Democratic governor do not agree on legislation to cut the country's highest auto insurance rates.

Whitmer says she's talked to Gilbert about the issue.

"I don't think the legislature is either (be bullied) and I don't know if that was the intent or not," Whitmer said. "I've had a dialogue with Dan Gilbert. I know he is frustrated with the lack of movement on this issue. I get that, but the fact of the matter is, it's important that we get this right and to just throw out a system is incredibly dangerous and irresponsible and that's not something that I am willing to see done."

If Gilbert is able to get 341,000 signatures, his petition drive would put an auto insurance reform initiative on a statewide ballot.

A group of seniors citizens also voiced their opinion on this topic on Wednesday.

The Michigan Senior Advocates Council raised its concern in the lobby of the Romney Building.

The group says it supports keeping mandatory lifetime medical coverage in any auto insurance legislation.

They want Governor Whitmer to veto the current reform bills moving through the state legislature.

"Automobile no-fault insurance is not perfect, but it's a wonderful way for us to protect the people in Michigan, and there are ways to fix it so we don't have to throw the baby out with the bath water if you will, so we are just saying slow down, lets take our time, and back up a bit," said Pam Niebrzydowski of the Michigan Senior Advocates Council.

Both the Michigan House and Senate have passed reform bills regarding lifetime catastrophic accident coverage.

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