Commissioner Redmer Meets with IA&B Board
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. this week attended part of IA&B’s Board of Directors meeting. He spoke to the three-state board about his priorities as chief regulator of the insurance industry in Maryland, provided his thoughts on the state of the market, answered questions from board members, and entertained the group with a few recent stories of insurance fraud gone wrong. Among the additional items discussed were:
- The Maryland Insurance Administration’s (MIA) legislative priorities for the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly (including potential legislation to allow agents pursuing designations to roll over CE credits)
- Recent turnover in the Maryland legislature and ways that the independent agent community can better educate lawmakers on insurance issues (Interested in playing a role? Contact IA&B Government Affairs Director Lauren Brinjac.)
- Restricting the use of rating factors as a hot topic in the legislature
- The MIA’s study of the quality of CE courses in the state*
- The role of staff in the day-to-day operation of the MIA
Commissioner Redmer is well-qualified to address all of these topics: He began his career as an independent agent, previously managing IA&B member agency Redmer Insurance Group in White Marsh, MD. In addition, Redmer served 12 years as a legislator in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1991-2003 and is on his second stint as insurance commissioner, first appointed to the position in 2003 by then-Gov. Bob Elrich and again in 2015 by Gov. Larry Hogan.
This week’s meeting was positive and allowed us to continue building upon our working relationship with the commissioner and his staff at the MIA.
(left to right): IA&B President & CEO Jason Ernest, Esq.; IA&B Government Relations Director Lauren Brinjac; Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr.; IA&B Service Group Chairman of the Board Craig Mader; IA&B of Maryland Lobbyist Bryson Popham, Esq.
* The MIA currently is undertaking a study of the adequacy and effectiveness of CE offerings in the state. Any producer who has attended a CE course (classroom or online) and felt that the quality of the course was questionable, please report it to IA&B Government Relations Director Lauren Brinjac at LaurenB@IABforME.com or 800-998-9644, ext. 607 so that we can pass the information along to the MIA.