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New PIA National President Spalding Says No to Federal Regulation of Insurance

San Diego, CA, October 14, 2009 - The new president of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) says the association will...
October 14, 2009

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San Diego, CA, October 14, 2009  - The new president of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) says the association will continue to oppose federal regulation of insurance and supports the current system of state-based regulation.

Jon D. Spalding of Perry, Michigan made the remarks during a speech marking the start of his one-year term as leader of the agents association. Spalding assumed office during a PIA board meeting held October 4, 2009 in San Diego, California.

"Our association's two main priorities today affect each and every one of us: the proposed reform of our health care system and the regulation of our industry," said Spalding. "On the health care issue, we are steadfast in our view that if Congress does pass something, it should be based on common sense and agents must be included.  Consumers must not be denied access to the advice of licensed, professional, independent insurance agents in any reform plan devised by Congress."

Spalding added that PIA will remain steadfast in support of state regulation of insurance, opposing efforts to shift insurance regulation to the federal government.

"Congress is debating proposals that would lay the groundwork for the federal regulation of our industry," Spalding said. "Our position is clear: the PIA opposes the federal regulation of insurance and supports state regulation, period."

The newly-installed PIA National president pledged that the agents association will continue to be an activist, grassroots organization that aggressively advocates for the interests of professional insurance agents, particularly in Congress.

"Our association is in the forefront of the issues that affect us every day, representing our interests in Washington, D.C.," Spalding said. "PIA's grassroots advocacy extends throughout the country. Our members meet with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and we also engage our lawmakers back home. In August, we completed PIA's fourth annual Political Involvement and Advocacy Month, our slogan for which is 'Capitol Hill in Your Backyard.'"

"Put simply, we support elected officials who support the business interests of the professional insurance agents in their districts," he said.

The inauguration of Jon D. Spalding as president of PIA marks the first time in the association's history that a father, then his son, have led the organization. Past President Robert M. Spalding, Sr. administered the oath of office to his son Jon, 14 years after he had assumed the same office in 1995.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America(SM). PIA's web address is www.pianet.com.

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