SB 475 – Transparency in Evidence Standards

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Danny Britt, Jr. (R-Columbus, Robeson); Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir, Wayne); Sen. Amy Galey (R-Alamance, Guilford)


This bill specifies that the Rule 411 of the NC Rules of Evidence does not require the exclusion of evidence of insurance coverage limits when offered for another purpose, such as proof of agency, ownership, or control, or bias or prejudice of a witness.

This bill also notes that the term “insurance” prohibits parties from introducing evidence of any payments made by insurance under the collateral source rule but should not be construed to prohibit evidence of health insurance, disability insurance, or other forms of benefits that can be characterized as insurance.


Filed – 4/1/2021