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Feature
2/22/1998
Honolulu Star Bulletin
News Release
2/19/1998
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Quackenbush Allows Insurers to Continue Setting Rates Without Standards Two California consumer groups today sent a letter to California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush denouncing his decision to quash a study on excessive auto company rates and profits by a task force subcommittee he himself appointed. The Proposition 103 Enforcement...
News Release
1/29/1998
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Consumer Group Plans Lawsuit to Invalidate ZIP Code-Based Rating Consumer groups attacked a decision by Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush that the auto rating plans of three major insurers complied with Proposition 103's good driver provisions. The Proposition 103 Enforcement Project, the consumer group that called for hearings on the...
Feature
1/1/1998
Consumer Watchdog
In 1988, voter approved Proposition 103 made the California Insurance Commissioner an elective post in order to hold the Commissioner accountable to the public. Prior to Prop 103, commissioners were appointed by the governor and often had conflicts of interest because they had previously worked for the insurance industry. Requiring insurance...
News Release
10/21/1997
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Proposed Regulations Will Lead to Increased Redlining & Discrimination The Proposition 103 Enforcement Project today denounced proposed changes to existing regulations which will lead to increased redlining and discrimination by insurers. Proposition 103 prohibits insurance companies from discriminating based on one's gender, race, color,...
News Release
10/6/1997
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The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that auto insurance experts agree that Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush is allowing insurers to illegally use ZIP code as one of the prime determinants of auto insurance rates, in violation of Proposition 103 and his own auto insurance regulations promulgated pursuant to the 1988 initiative. Last...
News Release
9/4/1997
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To Make Insurance Commissioner An Appointed Official The Assembly Appropriations Committee today passed legislation that would return the office of insurance commissioner to a gubernatorial appointment. SB 225 (Kopp) -- which would repeal a Proposition 103 provision that requires the insurance commissioner to be elected -- now moves to the...
Feature
9/1/1997
Consumer Watchdog
Deregulation For Utilities, Costly Regulation For Ratepayers Instead of giving consumers the ostensible benefits of deregulation -- competition leading to lower prices-- the law freezes all utility rates for four years at June 1996 levels, which were approximately 50% above the national average. The freeze requires ratepayers to pay off the costs...
News Release
7/28/1997
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Utility Company Commences Own Ad Campaign "CUT" -- Californians against Utility Taxes -- continued the public education campaign begun last week warning consumers about new ìderegulationî legislation backed by the utility industry. The bill, expected to be voted on later this week in Sacramento, would lock utility ratepayers into...