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House Committee on Insurance - 81st R.S. (2009)

Committee Members
John Smithee, Chair
Trey Martinez Fischer, Vice Chair
Joe Deshotel
Craig Eiland
Kelly Hancock
Todd Hunter
Carl Isett
Larry Taylor
Senfronia Thompson
Charges
• Study title insurance rates and whether changes to the current ratemaking process would be beneficial to consumers.
• Examine the Texas Department of Insurance's (TDI) recently adopted Procedural Rule P-5.1, allowing a title insurance company to issue a policy containing a general exception from coverage for minerals. Determine whether Procedural Rule P-50.1, governing the use of the Minerals and Surface Damage Endorsements Forms (T-19.2 and T-19.3), should result in a different rate schedule for policies. Study the appropriateness, feasibility, and sustainability of title insurance companies writing the type of policy now required by P-50.1.
• Study whether a new system or process should be employed to expedite appeals by insurers against TDI in homeowner's rate cases.
• Monitor implementation of the Healthy Texas insurance program established by SB 78, 81st Legislature, Regular Session.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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