Statement of Commissioner Lara on California Senate Action Plan to Combat Wildfires and Climate Change
News: 2020 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued this statement in response to the California Senate’s announcement that it will pursue legislative solutions to address homeowner insurance non-renewals and home and community hardening, among other steps to combat wildfires and climate change:
"I absolutely welcome the continued engagement from Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Senate Insurance Committee Chair Susan Rubio, and the entire State Legislature on the critical issue of insurance availability for homeowners and partnering with me to find a solution to address increasing non-renewals in every area of our state. With Senate and Assembly leaders now hard at work on our insurance crisis, I look forward to joining with our Legislature to find lasting solutions that promote home and community hardening to protect existing homes from the double threats of wildfires and climate change."
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Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at www.insurance.ca.gov via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.