NEWS: Rep. Wool Introduces Bill to Protect Alaskans from Predatory Insurance Company Practices

Juneau – Today, Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) introduced consumer protection legislation to prohibit insurance companies from raising rates or denying coverage based on credit scores without the customer’s permission.  Currently, insurance companies are allowed to use credit scores to decide whether to cover someone and to set the initial rates.  However, without the customer’s permission they cannot consider credit scores when renewing an existing policy.  House Bill 367 would prevent Alaskans from being denied insurance coverage based on credit scores and would require the customer to give permission for credit scores to be used to calculate prices.

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News: Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins and Rep.-Elect Ortiz Pre-file Legislation to Restore Public Comments for the State’s Pesticide Spraying Program

Juneau – Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) and Rep.-elect Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) have pre-filed a bill to restore a public process to state pesticide spraying programs and add protections for fish habitat and drinking water.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: October News!

Friday October the 18th is Alaska Day! It commemorates the day Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States. On October 18th, 1867, the Russian flag was lowered for the last time and an American flag was raised for the first of many times. We are blessed to live in this great state (and pick up such a bargain!) Celebrate by doing something Alaskan with friends and family. Go for a hike at Creamer’s Field and notice the leaves changing color, take the kids to Pioneer Park, or learn more about Alaskan history at the UAF Museum!

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NEWS: Legislature Passes Rep. Holmes Bill to Enforce Consumer Protections

“Alaska should not have its hands tied waiting for the federal government to protect our citizens”

This morning, the Alaska State Senate passed HB 274, a bill by Rep. Lindsey Holmes to bolster the state’s ability to stand up for the rights of Alaskan consumers.

Currently, a loophole in state law prevents the state from enforcing Alaska’s Consumer Protection laws in cases where federal and state responsibility overlap.

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