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PIA Says Concerns Remain With Federal Insurance Office Act

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2009 - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) said today concerns remain following passage of the Federal Insurance...
December 3, 2009

For Independent Insurance Agents, Passage of H.R. 2609 Not a Cause for Celebration

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2009  - The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) said today concerns remain following passage of the Federal Insurance Office Act of 2009 (H.R. 2609) by the House Financial Services Committee following a committee mark-up. The committee approved the bill December 2.

"While positive changes to H.R. 2609 were implemented throughout the committee process which made the bill slightly less onerous, PIA nevertheless believes that creating a federal insurance office is a bad idea, not a good one," said PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Leonard C. Brevik. "It is certainly not something that should be cheered by independent insurance agents."

"Creation of an FIO greatly increases the possibility that this office will be used by advocates of federal insurance regulation to advance their goals," Brevik said. "In fact, this bill was amended during the committee mark-up by advocates of optional federal charters to require that the newly-created FIO conduct a study of federal insurance regulation. This would put the FIO itself in the position of recommending to Congress whether the power to regulate insurance should be taken from the states and its own authority expanded. PIA continues to work with House members to ensure that any assigned study on insurance regulation is done in a non-partisan, unbiased way."

"A death by a thousand cuts is still a death," Brevik said. "For proponents of state regulation of insurance, passage of H.R. 2609 is not a cause for celebration."

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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