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Gov. Gregoire signs law requiring drivers with three violations in three years for not producing proof of insurance to submit proof of financial responsibility before reinstatement of drivers license, registration and plates.

Commissioner Poizner recommends holding workers comp rates steady despite request by WC rating bureau for 23.7% increase. He cites declines in costs for self-insured employers and tells insurers he will set up an advisory group to counsel insurers how to operate efficiently. >> Michela Alioto-Pier declares bid for state insurance commissioner seat in 2010. She currently sits as a Democrat on the Board of Supervisors for San Francisco. >> Poizner recommends 83 changes to improve Insurance Guarantee Fund. This is the commissioner’s fifth top-down review to improve efficiency in groups affiliated with his department.

No override of governor’s veto of “healthcare pooling” bill opening state-worker health insurance program to employees of municipalities, nonprofits, and employers in the state with fewer than 50 employees. Lawmakers did override Gov. Rell’s veto of a bill to establish a board to develop an outline, by 2011, for universal healthcare in the state.

Signs cooperation agreements with Germany and the U.K. on sharing information and coordinating regulatory duties. >> First District Court of Appeal upholds Commissioner McCarty’s denial of 47% State Farm rate hike. The insurer’s withdrawal from Florida is scheduled to go before an administrative court on Oct. 12.

Insurance Department offers free law class for producers, covering consumer complaints, p-c review, state individual high-risk pool, stranger-oriented life insurance, life settlements, and legislative update. Starts Sept. 23, 2009.

Amends agreement with Arthur J. Gallagher, now permitting the brokerage to receive retail contingent commissions across all lines.

Distributes $9.2 million to local firefighter relief associations across the state for purchase of accident and health, disability and life insurance for firefighters and their families. Money comes from 2% tax paid by insurers on fire and lightning premiums written in the state in the prior year.

Federal Appeals Court in New Orleans finds that the provision of a computer-generated loss run was sufficient notice of a claim. Lexington Insurance had denied East Texas Medical Center a med mal claim under an excess liability policy because of improper notification.

Gov. Nixon signs bill simplifying process of moving offshore captive operations to Missouri. Designed to help state-based companies bring captive operations back to state, it may also encourage outside companies to set up captives there.

Division of Insurance hosts first-ever Insurance Industry Day, Sept. 11, 2009, at Harveys Lake Tahoe Resort to “foster better partnership between the division and its stakeholders.”

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