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Bills address charging fees for certs

February 14, 2018
10:25 AM

Producers soon may be compensated for the time and effort spent to produce certificates of insurance for commercial policyholders.

As Maryland lawmakers convened for the start of the 2018 legislative session, our government affairs team began work to find bill sponsors. Our efforts paid off: Last week Senate Bill 880, sponsored by Sen. John Astle (D-Anne Arundel), and House Bill 1179, sponsored by Del. Warren Miller (R- Howard and Carroll Counties), were introduced. The bills would allow producers to collect a fee, not exceeding $30, for services rendered in issuing a certificate of insurance or other evidence of coverage on behalf of a commercial policyholder.

WHAT’S NEXT
In order to address lawmakers’ early concerns, these bills likely will be amended in committee to specify that a fee may not be charged to 1) a personal policyholder or 2) a commercial policyholder that requests five or fewer certificates during a policy term.

Your IA&B government affairs team will work to shepherd this legislation through the legislative process over the coming weeks, and we’ll be on hand to present testimony to lawmakers during bill hearings at the end of the month.