Load the buses! State Senate schedules hearing on insurance issues!

Consumers, industry representatives and the Mississippi Insurance Department will have the opportunity to discuss statewide insurance issues before the State Legislature at a 3 p.m. special hearing Wednesday in Room 216 of the State Capitol.

The hearing was called by Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Buck Clarke (R-Hollandale).

“We have begun serious discussion on the numerous insurance bills that have been proposed this session. I feel it is important that this committee receive as much data and information as possible. Good information enables us to find ways to keep insurance rates down throughout the state and especially on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. By hearing from all involved, on each side of these issues, we as legislators can make studied and informed decisions regarding the outcome of these pending bills,” Clarke said.

The hearing is open to the public .h/t Sun Herald

A few tips for those interested in attending:

  • Come early, the room is small.
  • If you want to speak, contact your Senator.  However, it’s likely there is a set agenda.
  • You may want to bring a written statement.

Keep it brief and make a copy for the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker (offices on 3rd floor) as well Senator Clark, Commissioner Chaney and your Senator – and don’t forget to make one for the media and drop it off at the Capitol Press Room on 4th floor.

We’ll be happy to post statements on Slabbed.  Our email address is in the upper right corner or you can submit a statement as comment to this post.

10 thoughts on “Load the buses! State Senate schedules hearing on insurance issues!”

  1. Well you got your volunteer right here. Would be great to have SOP, Nowdy and BellSouth go as well. I have already set into motion getting in contact with Senator
    Baria from Bay St. Louis to get an idea of how to be effective in this process. Plan to have someone meet with one of the governor’s housing staff on the Coast tommor and see if he can provide imput. Open to suggestions on this board as well.

    We know what has happened to date as reported in the Jackson Watch blog—

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008
    Baria comments on dead insurance bills
    During the chaos of Tuesday’s deadline to move bills out of committee that originated in the other house of the Legislature, Sen. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, released a statement about the Senate Insurance Committee failing to take up Hurricane Katrina related insurance reforms this session. The last bill died Tuesday. Baria had submitted seven of his own, which the committee also killed.

    Baria said Tuesday:

    “Today (Tuesday) is the deadline for committee action on the Premium Payer Bill of Rights (HB 498) and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Clarke has announced that he intends to let it die via

  2. Here is a list of insurance committee members—


    Eugene S. Clarke, Chairman;
    Bennie L. Turner, Vice-Chairman

    Terry W. Brown;
    Deborah Jeanne Dawkins;
    Bob M. Dearing;
    Billy Hewes;
    John Horhn;
    Kenneth Wayne Jones;
    Tom King;
    Dean Kirby;
    Alan Nunnelee;
    Michael Watson;
    Lee Yancey

  3. Get the word out Steve. An email blast from the local Chamber perhaps and perhaps even a bus. It needs to be packed with people living in Hancock County.

    The three coastal counties gotta turn out. Though her name escapes me the lady with United Policyholders said it best when she spoke of making noise to change things. Now is the time.

    Looking at the committee Deborah Dawkins, Billy Hewes and Michael Watson are coastal. We need a united voice with them and no partisanship.


  4. A fine post by Sid over at the Clarion Ledger is lost on the readers. Sid can see the manner inwhich Obama will use his political campaign to help get the promises made into promises kept—

    “”Obama has demonstrated the ability to use these new technologies to literally go over the head of his fellow politicians and the media to reach, motivate and deploy his supporters. If it was effective for him as a candidate, it will likely be even more effective for his – at least in the short term – as president.””

    I believe Sid does miss one very important point. The internet is being used merely as an information tool for Obama’s massive grass roots organization which I dub ObamaNation. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in our Nation. We are approaching a Greeek democracy ideal in my opinion. America for and by the Corperation is being replaced by America for and by the grass roots motivated citizens.

    Perhaps this blog will be the most powerfull in the history of the net, actually it probably already is—


    Sid’s clueless reader seems to not understand that Obama is President of the United States and not the Governor of Louisiana?—

    obrewsky wrote:

    This was issued from (whitehouse.gov) after the coronation:
    “President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.
    President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration

  5. One more update—

    The real quote from the Obama White House site is below. It is actually better than the one Sid’s reader put up and one which I feel very excited about. It is listed under his section labled AGENDA. We are part of his agenda. Great news.

    President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.

    President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims. Obama visited thousands of Hurricane survivors in the Houston Convention Center and later took three more trips to the region. He worked with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to introduce legislation to address the immediate income, employment, business, and housing needs of Gulf Coast communities.

    President Barack Obama will partner with the people of the Gulf Coast to rebuild now, stronger than ever.

    Obama also list this as the first responsibilty of the President—

    The first responsibility of any president is to protect the American people. (This is a direct paraphase of Thomas Jefferson).

    Natural disasters were mentioned and a plan for them are included under Homeland Security.

    He provides this header under Homeland Security. —

    Protect Americans from Terrorist Attacks and Natural Disasters

    Sorry for so much on an off topic issue but I felt so good when I ran across this info I had to put it somewhere. I think we can work WITH our new President and hope we can be his boots on the ground to turn these promises made into promises kept. I think it also highlights the real efforts the Black Caucus, an organization of which Obama was the sole Senate member, made post-Katrina to help us rebuild. We owe them a real debt of gradittude. Thanks for the bandwidth—Steve

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