Monthly Archives: March 2012

Idaho Governor Signs Electronic Proof of Coverage Law

By Don Jergler  Insurance Journal

Idaho became the first state in the nation on Wednesday to enact legislation to allow motorists to use a smart phone to demonstrate proof of insurance coverage.


Gov. Butch Otter signed Senate Bill 1319, which enables Idaho motorists to either show proof of coverage with a smartphone app or a PDF copy of proof saved on a phone, as well as the traditional hard copy proof of insurance card.


SB 1319 was unanimously approved by the Senate and in the House of Representatives on a 64 – 1 vote. The law takes effect July 1.


The bill to enable auto insurance policyholders to issue proof of coverage verification via
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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month: CA Campaign launch today


Christopher Murphy, CA Office of Traffic Safety, Sen. Joe Simitian, and others announce launch of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign which starts April 1, say the month-long effort involving “more than 200 CHP offices and California law enforcement agencies” cracks down on distracted, “zombie-like” drivers.


10 a.m., Plaza in front of Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St.


Also listed: Warren Stanley, CHP; Kelly Browning, Impact Teen Drivers.

Also features: distracted driver “Zombies” in full make up and character, crashed car, distracted driving simulator, new TV commercial, etc.


Contact: Fran Clader 916 843 3310

The Senate to Revisit Cellphone Fines

By Amy Chance  The Sacramento Bee

CELLPHONE FINES: Democratic Sen. Joe Simitian will take another stab at raising penalties for using cell phones while driving today when Senate Transportation and Housing takes up Senate Bill 1310. The measure also extends the ban to bicyclists.

The bill is much like one that drew a gubernatorial veto last year, but raises base fines by just $10.

The idea is that the fee increase will pay for education on the perils of talking or texting while moving down the road. The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. in room 4203 at the Capitol.

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Dave Jones & Comrades Force Carriers To Propagate Warming Hoax

By Dale Debber  Workers’ Comp Executive

Insurance carriers in California and two other principally democratic states are being required to report to the Departments not only about how their operations are affecting climate change, but also the impact that climate change could have on their operations. Sometimes the real news out of this Department is just too ludicrous to report with a straight face. This is one of those times.

The survey by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) is being conducted in conjunction with the New York Department of Financial Services and the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Major insurer trade associations’ executives must be laughing in their three olive
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Calif. Commissioner Jones Gets ‘D’ From Insurance Industry


By Don Jergler  Insurance Journal

The insurance industry has mixed feelings about California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, assessing him as average or below average in a handful of categories.

In a poll conducted by Insurance Journal, industry respondents gave Jones an overall grade of “D,” although as many respondents to the poll assigned the first-year commissioner a “B” as they did an “F.”

Comments from poll takers on Jones performance ranged from high praise to harsh criticism.

“Best state insurance commissioner in my opinion,” one poll taker wrote.

Said another: “Commissioner Jones is the worst commissioner in the United States, by a long way.”

The informal poll on, conducted from mid-January through the beginning of March, presented
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Most still don’t have earthquake insurance


By Jeff Collins  Orange County Register

Are you one of the 88%?

If you are, you’re either a shrewd saver or a reckless gambler.

According to the Insurance Information Network of California, more than 88% of homeowners in the state – and more than 90% of businesses – forgo the expense of buying earthquake insurance, saving perhaps $400 to $1,200 a year in annual premiums.

But an insurance network spokesman said that they could be taking a huge risk with their biggest asset – their real estate.

Tuesday’s 7.4-magnitude earthquake that rattled Mexico raises the age-old question that’s dogged California homeowners since insurance companies raised premiums and deductibles in the wake of the 1989 Loma
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Postal cuts could force change in Calif. voting


By Hannah Dreier  AP News Wire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers and election officials worried about the effect of postal closures on elections are considering extending the voting period for mail-in-ballots, a move that could delay results by days or even weeks.

Election officials are concerned that longer delivery times will disenfranchise tens of thousands ofabsentee voters after the U.S. Postal Service begins closing post offices and mail distribution centersthis summer.

During a joint legislative hearing Tuesday, lawmakers, county registrars and Secretary of StateDebra Bowen discussed the possibility of changing California election law so ballots must be merely postmarked by Election Day. Currently, they must be in the hands of  Read the full article…

Doctors, Hospitals, and Health Care Providers Launch Coalition to Oppose Ill-Conceived Health Care Initiative


By Jennifer Wonnacott  Californians Against Higher Health Care Cost$

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                        CONTACT:

March 12, 2012                                                                                                 Jennifer Wonnacott
(818) 760-2121
(916) 996-3672 cell

Doctors, Hospitals and Health Care Providers Launch
Coalition to Oppose Ill-Conceived Health Care Initiative
Flawed measure will give one politician too much power, limit access to care and
create expensive new bureaucracy

SACRAMENTO – Physician groups, doctors, hospitals, health care providers, small businesses and others announced today the launch of Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs, a coalition opposed to the health insurance rate regulation ballot initiative being proposed by Consumer Watchdog, a special interest group with funding ties to trial lawyers, for the November 2012 statewide election. The flawed measure will add layers of
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