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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch seeks common sense reform from candidates in insurance commissioner race

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By Colin Froment | Aug 29, 2019


Photo courtesy of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Photo courtesy of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch

With the race for Louisiana insurance commissioner underway, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) listed the challenges it would like to see each commissioner candidate aspire to overcome.

“While LLAW does not endorse candidates for office, public education and grassroots advocacy addressing the costs and consequences of lawsuit abuse are key to our mission,” LLAW Executive Director Lana Venable told Louisiana Record. “We urge voters to make informed decisions and consider those candidates who support initiatives for common sense civil justice reform.”

Venable said the increasingly high cost and lack of available insurance options has left many businesses with make-or-break decisions about their operations,

"In some cases, it makes financial sense to move their operations to other states with more favorable business climates," she said.

The two candidates, both Republicans, are longtime Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, who has held the position since 2006, and Tim Temple, who holds 20 years of experience in the insurance agency. Temple previously told the Associated Press that Donelon has done little work to lower insurance rates and attract outside insurance companies to Louisiana.

“Voters are tired of paying the price for lawsuit abuse and are seeking candidates who will bring about much-needed change,” Venable said.

The primary election will occur on Oct. 12.

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