Senator Ellis Media Advisory

For Your Information
March 21, 2011
Contact: Jeremy Warren, 512-463-0113

Prior Approval on Insurance Rate Hikes, Post-Conviction DNA
Legislation to be Debated Tomorrow

Ellis legislation to be reviewed by Senate Business & Commerce, Criminal Justice Committees

(AUSTIN)—Legislation by Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) to require prior approval of the of insurance rate increases by the Texas Insurance Commissioner, and legislation to require access to post-conviction DNA testing will be heard by the Senate Business and Commerce and Criminal Justice committees tomorrow, March 22, 2011.

SB 740 would require any property and casualty policy rate changes from insurance companies to be approved by the insurance commissioner prior to implementation. Specifically, it would allow the insurance commissioner to deny approval of rates that are found to be excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.

SB 122, a Tim Cole Advisory Panel recommendation, would clarify Texas' post-conviction DNA statute to address issues that have arisen in recent court decisions and an exoneration in Houston.

WHAT:

SB 740 -- Prior approval of insurance rate hikes
SB 122 -- Post conviction DNA testing

WHO:

Senator Rodney Ellis

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 1:30 p.m. or upon adjournment

WHERE:

Room E.1016
Capitol Extension

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