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News Release
7/22/1997
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San Diego -- Joined by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, representatives of Californiaís leading consumer groups urged the public to join them in battling a $28.5 billion ìutility taxî which is scheduled to be imposed on residential ratepayers starting next January 1 for the next ten years to bailout utility companies from...
News Release
7/21/1997
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San Diego, California -- Consumer advocates Ralph Nader, Harvey Rosenfield, Harry Snyder (Consumers Union), Michael Shames (UCAN) and others will discuss plans to fight the imposition of a 40%, $28 billion utility tax imposed by the legislature though last year's "deregulation" bill, approved in Sacramento, and a companion bill this year, both...
News Release
7/17/1997
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Repealing No Fault Fastest Way To Lower Price of Insurance Beleaguered motorists in no fault states have seen their insurance premiums increase an average of 45.6% between 1989 and 1995, according to a new study of insurance industry data released today by California's Proposition 103 EnforcementProject and national consumer group Public Citizen...
News Release
6/11/1997
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Legislator Tries To Overturn Prop 103 Reform, Is Challenged One week after his legislation to ban insurance industry contributions to California's elected insurance commissioner failed in the state senate, Senator Quentin Kopp has introduced a bill to repeal Proposition 103's requirement that the commissioner be elected. SB 225 (Kopp) would put...
News Release
4/10/1997
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Consumers Paying Millions More as Quackenbush Reverses 103 Gains Contradicting recent public statements by California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, the average combined auto insurance premium (the sum of the averages of liability, collision and comprehensive premiums) paid by motorists in California shot up 8.3% in 1995, Mr....
News Release
8/26/1996
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Assemblyman Knowles Flouting the Legislative Process With Last-Minute Amendments to Gut Good Driver Discount In these final days of the 1995-96 legislative session, the insurance industry is launching a sneak attack on the good driver protections mandated by Proposition 103, the voter-enacted insurance reform initiative. Regulations implementing...
Feature
7/1/1995
HR
The 'Pure No-Fault' Initiative, California, 1996 I. Background and Scope This long (18 pages) and complex ballot initiative, rejected by California voters in 1996, would have eliminated the principle of "fault" in every auto accident case, no matter how severe (except those involving criminal activity). It established a "first party" insurance...
Feature
12/13/1901
Consumer Watchdog
How A "Minority Organization" Sold Out -- and Got Caught The big corporations and the very wealthy are well represented in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. FTCR works hard to protect the interests of those who don't have the money to hire lobbyists or make campaign contributions. That's why it's particularly outrageous when an organization that...