INSURANCE CLAIMS PRACTICES. CIVIL REMEDIES. REFERENDUM. A ‘‘Yes’’ vote approves, a ‘‘No’’ vote rejects legislation that: • restores right to sue another person’s insurer for insurer’s unfair claims settlement practices; • allows such lawsuits only if insurer rejects a settlement demand and injured party obtains a larger judgment or award against insured party; • bars such lawsuits against public entities; workers’ compensation insurers; and professional liability insurers under certain circumstances; or if convicted of driving under the influence; • authorizes requests for consensual binding arbitration of claims under $50,001 against parties covered by insurance. Insurers agreeing to arbitration cannot be sued for unfair practices. Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Increase in state insurance gross premiums tax revenue, potentially several millions of dollars each year. • Unknown net impact on state court costs.
Popular Vote Results
Y: 2232420; A: 31.5; N: 4852228; B: 68.5
SENATOR MARTHA ESCUTIA; KAY McVAY, RN, President, California Nurses Association; LOIS WELLINGTON, President, Congress of California Seniors
REBECCA M. BEARDEN, Chairperson, California Public Policy Committee, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); LARRY McCARTHY, President, California Taxpayers Association; SHIRLEY KNIGH, Deputy State Director, National Federation of Independent Business
Rebuttal Against Author
SENATOR MARTHA ESCUTIA; KAY McVAY, R.N., President, California Nurses Association; LOIS WELLINGTON, President, Congress of California Seniors
Title Insurance Claims Practices. California Proposition 30 (2000).