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Sides Battling in R-67 Fight

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The debate over Referendum 67 is heating up.

The state's top insurance official is speaking out in favor of the controversial referendum.

The "No" campaign continues to say that supporters will do anything to see the referendum pass, even lying in their campaign ads.

The Controversial R-67 would expand the rights of consumers to sue their insurance companies if they aren't adequately compensated.

Opponents say it sounds good on the surface, but would increase consumers' insurance rates dramatically.

Washington's Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler recently spoke out in support of the initiative, here's what he had to say.

"What this does it helps to empower consumers much more similarly to what they have in other states around the country," Kreidler said. 

"This is something that they really want, they've waged an aggressive campaign before the legislature and before the voters, they'll say anything to get voters to vote for r-67, they put ads on the air which are knowingly deceptive," said Dana Childers with the "No" effort. 

The "No" side says premiums would go up an average of $205 a household each year and argues Washington already allows consumers to sue their insurance providers.