Commissioner Lara doesn’t want easier rate changes for home insurance companies

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The California Insurance Commissioner is siding with consumer activists to halt legislation. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is taking the side of consumer activists in an effort to stop a bill that would make it faster and easier for home insurance companies to change their rates. AB 2167 passed the state Assembly on Monday by a vote of 56-3. That said, the bill’s opponents say that this would set the stage for home insurance companies to impose substantial premiums spikes for homeowners in parts of the state hardest hit by…

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California Insurance Commissioner orders premiums returned to businesses

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Ricardo Lara has told insurers to return premiums on six lines of personal and commercial coverage. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered insurers to return premiums from certain lines to businesses and consumers. This has raised pressure on those insurers to take larger steps to reduce customer financial burden caused by COVID-19. Lara has ordered insurers to return premiums paid for March, April, and possibly May as well. The California Insurance Commissioner’s order applies to six different coverage lines. These include passenger and commercial auto, commercial multi-peril, workers compensation,…

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara Apologizes for Accepting Industry Contributions

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Lara released a letter last week that acknowledged that his campaign had solicited those contributions. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has said he was sorry for having both solicited campaign contributions from the insurance industry and for having accepted them. Last Tuesday, he issued a letter in which he acknowledged the activity as well as his regret for having done so despite a campaign pledge he had made not to accept contributions from insurers. The letter was issued to a number of groups, including Public Advocates, United Policyholders and Health…

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Fossil fuel underwriting disclosure petition rejected by commissioner on Earth Day

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has turned down the recent move by activists. Activists may have thought that they had Earth Day on their side when California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara considered the fossil fuel underwriting disclosure petition. However, Lara rejected the petition urging him to implement the new regulations over insurance companies. Commissioner Lara underscored climate change as a top priority as a part of his election platform. The petition would have required insurance companies into fossil fuel underwriting disclosure. That is, they would need to disclose the fossil…

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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones seeks more insurer fossil fuel divestment

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Jones is pushing forward with this initiative as he simultaneously releases new oil, gas and coal data. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is driving ahead in his effort for fossil fuel divestment. This hot button move is continuing forward right up to the close of 2018 and his position at the top of the state’s insurance industry regulator. Last week, Jones released the most recent data regarding insurance company investment into fossil fuels. With the release of that data, the California Insurance commissioner brought the new fossil fuel disclosures into…

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Insurance industry diversity gets a shot in the arm from the California commissioner

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Dave Jones issued a letter urging CEOs to boost the diversity on their governing boards. California insurance industry diversity just received additional official support through a letter from Commissioner Dave Jones. In his letter, Jones addressed the CEOs of at least fifty insurance companies operating in the state. He urged those CEOs to encourage improved diversity on their governing boards. The letter underscored the impact a company’s board room diversity has on financial performance. The insurance industry diversity letter also requested that each insurer either disclose its intentions to form…

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Dave Jones wants more entries to the California marijuana insurance market

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The California Insurance Commissioner has called on insurers to help fill coverage gaps in this marketplace. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones recently called on insurers to take part in the California marijuana insurance market. The goal is to help to fill the coverage gaps that exist among businesses seeking to grow and distribute this drug. California state law says that medical marijuana is legal, though federal law still considers it illegal. Jones’s announcement was made at the same time that a new workers’ compensation insurance program was launched. Atlas General Insurance…

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