Insurance Bills Die in Calif. Legislature

February 8, 2008

The Association of California Insurance Companies, an affiliate of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, reports that the following 2007 insurance-related bills missed the Jan. 31 deadline to pass out of their houses of origin and are now dead:

Auto
AB 60 (Nava) Vehicles: Bicycles – AB 60 would have required a minimum clearance of three feet on the left when a motor vehicle overtakes a bicycle proceeding in the same direction.
AB 254 (Gaines) Vehicles: Total Loss Salvage Vehicles – AB 254 would have provided that under the Vehicle Code, a “total loss salvage vehicle” includes a vehicle that was damaged as a result of a flood and determined by the person responsible for repair of the vehicle (e.g. an insurer) to be uneconomical to repair.
AB 425 (Adams) Vehicles: Motorcycles: Safety Helmets: Exceptions – AB 425 would have exempted from the safety helmet requirement drivers 18 years of age or older who had completed a motorcycle rider training program.
AB 1671 (Ruskin) Automobile Assigned Risk Plan – AB 1671 would have provided that a low-cost auto insurance policy may be nonrenewed for failure to satisfy the program’s eligibility requirements.
SB 285 (Runner) Provisional Licensing Program – SB 285 would have required that a person who is accompanying a teenage driver with an instructional permit be at least 25 years of age or a licensed driving instructor.
SB 498 (Oropeza) Vehicles: Total Loss Salvage Vehicles – SB 498 would have prohibited a person who determined that a vehicle is a total loss salvage vehicle due to salt water damage from selling or transferring that vehicle to a salvage pool in California. It would have also prohibited a salvage pool from knowingly buying, selling or transferring that vehicle.
SB 711 (Runner) Insurance: Rate Filings – SB 711 would have provided that the adequacy or inadequacy of an insurer’s rates be determined by its own experience and not by the experience of other insurers operating under common management or control.

Department of Insurance
SB 536 (Simitian) Political Reform Act: Insurance Commissioner Campaigns – SB 536 would have enacted the Insurance Commissioner Election Accountability Act of 2007 to publicly fund insurance commissioner candidates from a fund made up of fees collected from insurers.

Homeowners
SB 838 (Cogdill) Fire Prevention and Protection – SB 838 would have enhanced California’s fire prevention efforts by supporting activities and educational efforts of the California Fire Safe Councils and the California Department of Forestry.

Labor
AB 510 (Benoit) Employment: Working Hours – AB 510 would have permitted employees to request a flexible work schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours in a 40-hour workweek.

Legal
SB 423 (Harman) Exemplary Damages – SB 423 would have limited the amount of exemplary damages that are available in tort actions to three times the amount of compensatory damages.

Workers Compensation
SB 1005 (Florez) Workers Compensation: Claim Files Disclosure – SB 1005 would have required an insurer to provide an employer and third-parties with a complete claim file including medical information about the injured worker.

Source: Association of California Insurance Companies

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