Governmental Affairs

The Governmental Affairs Committee is charged with ensuring AAMGA members are kept informed on the governmental and regulatory issues, developments and other matters having an impact on their operations.

Committee members regularly meet with state and federal elected and appointed officials across the country. The AAMGA’s influence in Congress and with state regulators has enabled members of the Association to advance needed insurance reforms and to then lobby their own elected representatives and regulators on matters of importance to the wholesale insurance industry. It has also resulted in the AAMGA being afforded the opportunity of testifying and providing specific data and information on our industry before US Senate and House of Representatives Committees in Washington, DC. The AAMGA is a reliable and trusted source.

The Governmental Affairs Committee also liaises regularly with the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, in order to discuss and advise how regulatory initiatives there will impact the transaction of business in North America.

Members attend meetings of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the National Association of Professional and Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO), the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), the Surplus Lines Law Group, Big I Legislative Insurance Conference, and other national and state insurance industry conferences.

Click here to participate on the AAMGA’s Governmental Affairs Committee


Terrorism Risk Insurance

Wharton Report on Impact of House and Senate Bills
This report from the Wharton Risk Management Center provides quantitative analyses on the impacts of the Senate and House committee bills and their differing risk-sharing arrangements under a renewed TRIA.

AAMGA Urges Congress to Reauthorize TRIA Immediately

S. 2244, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014


Lloyd’s Guidance and Bulletins

Coverholder Audit Scope Questions v2

Coverholder Audit Scope Guidance v2


Office of Financial Assets Control (OFAC) Compliance Webinar

On December 12, 2013 Linda Hohn, Vice President & Associate General Counsel of Global Indemnity Group and member of the AAMGA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, conducted an informative webinar to provide wholesale insurance professionals with an overview of OFAC and its compliance requirements.

Click here to listen to the webinar in its entirety

Click here for the presentation slides (Power Point)


2013 State Stamping & Surplus Lines Offices Premium/Transaction Data Report

We are indebted to Phil Ballinger and his staff at the Surplus Lines Office of Texas in compiling the following data from the state stamping offices. As noted on the this chart, reported premium and transaction data indicates total surplus lines premium was nearly $22.5 billion compared to $19.4 billion in 2012 (an increase of 15.5%), with transactions totaling more than 3.1 million. California, Texas, and Florida each processed more than $4.5 billion.

Read the Data Report


2013 Federal Insurance Office Report on Modernization of Insurance Regulation

How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States (PDF)


2013 Cancellation Nonrenewal Surplus Lines Exemptions

This 2013 compliance chart by our colleagues at PCI provides a quick reference of the Cancellation/Nonrenewal Provisions in Surplus Lines. The content shows whether surplus lines insurers writing commercial or personal lines policies in a particular jurisdiction are exempt from the cancellation/nonrenewal requirements in the Insurance Code.


2013 State Insurance Department Directory

The 2013 Directory of state insurance departments provides updated contact information for all commissioners as well as the individual units operating within each department. The directory is organized by our colleagues at PCI.


AAMGA Briefing Memo on Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act - November 2013

Briefing Memo (PDF)


PCI Surplus Lines Committee Meeting Materials - November 2013

Meeting Materials (PDF)


AM Best Special Report on the Surplus Lines Market - 2012

Surplus Lines Report (PDF)


AAMGA Written Statement Before US Senate in Support of NARAB II

Testimony in Support of NARAB II


South Carolina Supreme Court Faulty Workmanship Ruling: November 21, 2012

On November 21, 2012, the Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled that the retroactivity portion of a law passed by the state's legislature in 2011 that included property damage resulting from "faulty workmanship" as an insured peril under a CGL policy was, in fact, unconstitutional. The court held: “[w]hile we hold that it is within the legislature's power to statutorily define the meaning of "occurrence," it violates the Contract Clause to apply this new definition retroactively as it substantially impairs pre-existing contracts by materially changing their terms.” The full version of the court's ruling can be viewed by clicking here.


Suplus Lines Law Group Meeting

September 28, 2012
Biloxi, Mississippi

Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Electronic Documents (PDF)


Non-Admitted Insurance Reform Act Implementation

Comments to NAIC on Surplus Lines Reform Implementation (PDF)

Letter to James Donelon (PDF)

Comments to NAIC on Non-Admitted Reform Compact (PDF)

NCSL Letter to State Legislative Leaders on SLIMPACT-Lite

Text of NCOIL's SLIMPACT-Lite (PDF)

NCSL Resolution in Support of the Surplus Lines Insurance Multistate Compliance Compact

Council of State Governments Summary of Legal Analysis of NIMA Model Agreement (PDF)

U.S. Stamping Offices

The AAMGA is privileged to have each of the state stamping and surplus line service offices as active and contributing members of the Association.

State Stamping Office Contact Information
AZ The Surplus Lines Association of Arizona www.sla-az.org
CA The Surplus Lines Association of California www.slacal.org
CO Surplus Lines Association of Colorado, Inc. www.colosla.org
FL Florida Surplus Lines Service Office www.fslso.com
ID Surplus Lines Association of Idaho, Inc. www.idahosurplusline.org
IL Surplus Lines Association of Illinois www.slai.org
MS Mississippi Surplus Lines Association www.msla.org
MT Montana Surplus Lines Association www.mslaa.org
NV Nevada Surplus Lines Association www.nsla.org
NY Excess Line Association of New York www.elany.org
OR Surplus Line Association of Oregon www.slaor.org
PA Pennsylvania Surplus Lines Association www.pasla.org
TX Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas www.slsot.org
UT Surplus Lines Association of Utah www.slaut.org
WA Surplus Line Association of Washington www.surpluslines.org

Click here to access the Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Excess and Surplus Lines Law Manual.


Click here to download a copy of the Regulatory and Legislative Positions of the AAMGA brochure.


Click here to participate on the AAMGA’s Governmental Affairs Committee


State Insurance Departments

Scroll over and click on the individual state names below for the websites of the state insurance departments:

Alabama Hawaii Michigan North Carolina Vermont
Alaska Idaho Minnesota North Dakota Virginia
Arizona Illinois Mississippi Ohio Washington
Arkansas Indiana Missouri Oklahoma West Virginia
California Iowa Montana Oregon Wisconsin
Colorado Kansas Nebraska Pennsylvania Wyoming
Connecticut Kentucky Nevada Rhode Island American Samoa
Delaware Louisiana New Hampshire South Carolina Guam
District of Columbia Maine New Jersey South Dakota N. Mariana Islands
Florida Maryland New Mexico Tennessee Puerto Rico
Georgia Massachusetts New York Texas U.S. Virgin Islands
      Utah  

Members of the 2013-2014 AAMGA Governmental Affairs Committee are

Board Liaison

David A. Thomas
E.A. Kelley Co.
401-431-9883
davidt@eakelley.com

Vice Chair

Jason W. Murrey
N-Surance Outlets Inc.
678-987-4904
jmurrey@nsoins.com

Chair

Joshua Korver, Esq.
The Insurance Center, An Alaskan Corp.
907-562-4532
jkorver@ticak.com

Members

Tom Albrecht
Associated Insurance Administrators, Inc.
334-819-8709
tom@aiamga.com

Bill Evans
All Risks, Limited
410-828-5810
bevans@allrisks.com

Richard Fidei
Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky,Abate & Webb,P.A.
954-492-4010
rfidei@cftlaw.com

Troy Fornof
USG Insurance Services, Inc.
724-754-9100
tfornof@usgins.com

Ronald Gabor
Gabor Insurance Services, Inc.
786-924-7030
rgabor@gaborinsurance.com

C. Kennon Hendrix
Orchid Underwriter Agency, Inc.
866-370-6505 Ext.136
ken@orchidinsurance.com

Linda Hohn
Penn-America Group
610-664-1500
lhohn@global-indemnity.com

Fred Karlinsky
Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, P.A.
954-492-4010
fkarlinsky@cftlaw.com

James A. Prather
Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith
985-674-6680
jprather@gjtbs.com

James A. Roe, CPCU,ASLI
Arlington/Roe & Co., Inc.
317-554-8550 x 8600
jroe@arlingtonroe.com