The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has shown to be very actively involved with all of the state’s bills regarding insurance legislation. He has already approved or rejected most of these bills that have appeared within the last year. More significantly, though, is the fact that the governor has managed to stay impartial throughout this time, not appearing to favor any particular side. This has earned him the approval of key people within the California insurance community such as Mark Sektnan, Association of California Insurance Companies President, who has described Gov. Brown’s work within the insurance industry during the last two years as being solid.
Some of the more significant acts of the governor include the veto of several bills that were related to worker’s compensation. When commenting on his actions, the governor claimed that his desire is to reform the overall system put in place for worker’s comp by the state. Two business groups, the Workers’ Compensation Action Network and the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation, commended Gov. Brown on his actions, claiming that he has approved and rejected all the right bills when it comes to ensuring proper compensation for workers.
The last year saw the governor dedicate less of his attention to insurance-related matters, mostly due to the lower number of bills to pass. Many of these new bills have been stopped in the legislature before there was a need for the governor to sign off on them. Some of the bills that did demand Jerry Brown’s attention include Senate Bill 863. This new legislation will increase by almost $750 million dollars the yearly benefits received by injured workers, as well as reduce worker’s comp premiums. The bill was passed after Gov. Brown made a personal appeal in its favor.
Other bills signed by the governor reflect his opinions on California being at the technological forefront. Assembly Bill 1708 will not permit drivers to use smartphones or other devices such as tablets in order to provide proof of insurance. Another bill signed by Gov. Brown will now allow people to use self-driving cars on public roads.
The governor also received the endorsement of the Automobile Club of Southern California when he vetoed a bill that the club opposed which would have prevented only certain car owners such as BMW or Mini from receiving new keys for their vehicles in a fast and efficient manner should they lose or break them or have them stolen.