State lawmakers are trying to persuade state executive branch officials to help oppose the creation of a federal Office of Insurance Information.
The National Council of Insurance Legislators, Troy, N.Y., is lining up support for a fight against H.R. 5840, the Insurance Information Act.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee capital markets subcommittee, would establish an OII within the U.S. Treasury Department.
The OII would advise federal officials on insurance issues and work with the U.S. Trade Representatives in matters involving other countries, according to the bill text.
NCOIL officers predict in a letter sent to the governors and attorneys general in all 50 states that enacting H.R. 5840 would do more than create a new advisory agency.
The bill “would likely override state insurance laws and their related consumer protections while impacting the healthy insurance marketplace that states have built, as well as potentially lead down the dangerous path to the creation of a federal insurance regulator,” NCOIL officers write in the letter.
“As state officials with boots on the ground, we know and serve the needs of our constituents better than any bureaucratic federal office,” the NCOIL officers write.