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  • wqjackson wqjackson Mar 13, 2010 11:17 AM Flag

    Proposition 17 Design To Make George Joseph Richer

    Sumner also resolved disputes over the wording of Proposition 17. Backers of the measure, which would allow insurers to offer a continuous-coverage discount to new customers, were fighting even the official description written by Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown's office.

    Supporters of the measure, which was proposed by and is being bankrolled by Mercury Insurance, wanted to strike the phrase added by Brown that the measure "will allow insurance companies to increase the cost of insurance to drivers who do not have a history of continuous insurance coverage."

    "All Proposition 17 does is allow people to take it with them when they move to a new insurance company and get the lower rate," argued Richard Martland, an attorney for the supporters.

    But Consumer Watchdog founder Harvey Rosenfield said the measure is a thinly disguised attempt by Mercury to be allowed to charge higher rates for those it doesn't want to insure. Rosenfield's attorney, Fredric Woocher, said the proposition is being misleadingly cast as an opportunity for drivers to retain their loyalty discounts even if they switch insurers.

    "You can't take it with you," Woocher said. "You are taking away the one thing that makes persistency persistent. It would be like taking a good student discount and extending it to people who fail."

    Sumner declined to change the official wording of the ballot summary and rejected most calls to alter the arguments. Such "political speech" is protected by the 1st Amendment, the judge said. He revised only the wording on the possible effects for some military personnel and a potential maximum surcharge.

    This law is designed so Mercury could take good drivers away from other insurance compaines, State Farm, Farmers, etc... While the military personnel gets rimmed by George Joseph.


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