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Statement of Commissioner Lara on Governor Newsom's State of the State Address

News: 2020 Press Release

For Release: February 19, 2020
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Statement of Commissioner Lara on Governor Newsom’s State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address focusing on housing and homelessness in California:

“I strongly support Governor Newsom putting housing and homelessness at the top of the agenda and will do what I can to help him achieve this important goal with the Legislature. As the state tackles increasing its housing stock, we have to also protect people from losing their existing homes to wildfire or to insurance non-renewal that is unraveling the fabric of many communities. We all must renew our approach to home-hardening to bring down wildfire risk that threatens home and real estate markets — and that includes the ability to obtain and renew your insurance if you do.”

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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 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.

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