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House Committee on Insurance - 67th R.S. (1981)

Committee Members
Bob Simpson, Chair
Bobby Webber, Vice Chair
Gene Green, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Hector Uribe, Chair - Budget & Oversight
John W. Bryant
John J. Gavin
Don Lee
David B. 'Bubba' London
Kae T. Patrick
Robert Saunders
Ashley Smith
Steven Wolens
Charges
• Monitor the costs and effectiveness of the compulsory auto liability law passed during the regular session as HB 197, 67th Legislature, Regular Session.
• Study the need for and feasibility of the establishment of fire protection standards on a statewide basis, including the development of a statewide fire code.
• Study the need for and the feasibility of additional methods by which citizens of this state may meet the requirement of financial responsibility, including self-insurance, bonding, dedicated savings accounts, and other alternatives.
• Study the need for raising the limits on financial responsibility from the current 5, 10 and 20 basis to new increased limits.
• Study the uses of temporary licenses for insurance agents to determine whether there is a continued need for the use of such licenses.
• Study the handling of claims by insurance companies to determine whether the public is being treated fairly in the adjustment and payment of claims, including recommendations for legislation, if necessary.
• Study the effects of optional coverage for part-time faculty members of junior and community colleges under the uniform group insurance program for college and university employees.
• Study the effectiveness of the assigned risk plan for motor vehicle insurance to determine if the plan is working as effectively as possible, and specifically whether a "pool" arrangement would better provide for the needs of the public in Texas, and whether the plan should be expanded to allow for more than minimum limits of coverage, and expanded to additional types of risks.
• Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 67th Regular Session of the Legislature. In addition, a study should be made of the impact of any federal cuts, and the differences in the operational aspect of the agencies under block vs. categorical grants. Close scrutiny should be given to each agency to ascertain if legislative intent is being carried out in the rules promulgated by the agency and if the rules are feasible and practical in their application. These agencies include:
State Board of Insurance

Note:
House Journal committee appointments, 67th Legislature show "District 83" appointed. This seat was later filled by Ashley Smith (sworn 1/27/1981).
Hector Uribe (Chair - Budget & Oversight) elected to the Senate in special runoff election 2/24/1981. Gene Green appointed Chair - Budget & Oversight on 2/26/1981.
Steven Wolens is listed as a committee member on the interim report.

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