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AAPIA Spring Legislative Report

"AAPIA Spring Legislative Report" 

Holly K Soffer, Esq., AAPIA General Counsel  

 

      AAPIA has spent the early Spring in Texas, Alabama, Florida, California, New Jersey, and Maryland promoting public adjusters, monitoring legislation, and educating both legislators and departments of insurance on the value that your work as public adjusters brings to the claims process. Our state directors meet monthly to discuss ways to solve new and existing challenges to the industry.
 
      Although we have had successes in many states, we are especially proud of our work in   Maryland.  The Maryland Insurance Administration drafted legislation-the recently enacted Senate Bill 75-to remove the one year experience requirement from the license procedure, and provide for 24 hours of continuing education per two-year license period.  AAPIA brought these matters to the attention of the MIA, and fully supported both of these measures as they progressed through the legislature.  At the same time that the public adjuster license was strengthened by increased post-license educational requirements, an unnecessary and ill-defined impediment to licensing was eliminated.  AAPIA is working closely with the MIA to further improve the public adjuster law by incorporating many provisions from the NAIC Model Act into the Maryland law.  These provisions are designed to protect policy holders, modernize licensing requirements, and further take public adjusting from an industry to a profession. 
 
      The MIA recently held an open forum for the public adjusting industry to discuss these suggested changes to the law and also to brainstorm solutions to the "storm chasers" issue plaguing the industry.  Maryland already has a law imposing criminal penalties on those who perform public adjusting without a license, and recently appointed a new press secretary to who will be communicating with the public about these new laws. 
 
      The MIA's open discussion with the industry led to increased understanding of the issues, as well as a plan for further solutions, both legislative and non-legislative.  We hope that this type of interaction with regulators can serve as a model for other states to follow.  As always, you can count on AAPIA to be at the table in every state representing public adjusters and policy holders. We ask that you do your part to support the industry by becoming a member of AAPIA so that we can continue to work for you in every state.
 
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