Governmental Affairs

The Governmental Affairs Committee is charged with ensuring AAMGA members are kept informed on the governmental and regulatory issues, developments and other matters having an impact on their operations.

Committee members regularly meet with state and federal elected and appointed officials across the country. The AAMGA’s influence in Congress and with state regulators has enabled members of the Association to advance needed insurance reforms and to then lobby their own elected representatives and regulators on matters of importance to the wholesale insurance industry. It has also resulted in the AAMGA being afforded the opportunity of testifying and providing specific data and information on our industry before US Senate and House of Representatives Committees in Washington, DC. The AAMGA is a reliable and trusted source.

The Governmental Affairs Committee also liaises regularly with the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom, in order to discuss and advise how regulatory initiatives there will impact the transaction of business in North America.

Members attend meetings of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the National Association of Professional and Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO), the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), the Surplus Lines Law Group, Big I Legislative Insurance Conference, and other national and state insurance industry conferences.

Click here to participate on the AAMGA’s Governmental Affairs Committee

AAMGA Calls on FIO for Immediate Action on NARAB

Letter to Director McRaith (PDF)

North Dakota House Bill 1146

AAMGA testimony supporting passage of North Dakota House Bill 1146, repealing SLIMPACT and effecting the 100% Home State surplus lines premium taxing methodology for multistate risks

AAMGA Testimony (PDF)

House Bill 1146 (PDF)

Joint Trades TRIA Coalition HR 26 Support Letter

Joint Trades TRIA Coalition HR 26 Support Letter 1-6-2015 (PDF)

AAMGA, AM Best & Lloyd's North American Binding Authorities Presentations

Stefan Holzberger - AM Best (PPTX)
Tom Bolt - Lloyd's (PPTX)
Bernie Heinze - AAMGA (PPTX)
Mark Woodall - Special Insurance Risk Managers (PPTX)
Matt Mosher - AM Best (PPTX)

2014 State Stamping & Surplus Lines Offices Premium/Transaction Data Report

We are indebted to Phil Ballinger and his staff at the Surplus Lines Office of Texas in compiling the following data from the state stamping offices for the first 6 months of 2014. As noted on the this chart, total premium is up 4.8% ($11.94 million vs. $11.4 million for the same period in 2013), and filings are up 9.5% across the 14 state stamping and surplus lines offices.

Read the Data Report

Terrorism Risk Insurance

Wharton Report on Impact of House and Senate Bills
This report from the Wharton Risk Management Center provides quantitative analyses on the impacts of the Senate and House committee bills and their differing risk-sharing arrangements under a renewed TRIA.

AAMGA Urges Congress to Reauthorize TRIA Immediately

S. 2244, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014

Lloyd’s Guidance and Bulletins

Coverholder Audit Scope Questions v2

Coverholder Audit Scope Guidance v2

Office of Financial Assets Control (OFAC) Compliance Webinar

On December 12, 2013 Linda Hohn, Vice President & Associate General Counsel of Global Indemnity Group and member of the AAMGA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, conducted an informative webinar to provide wholesale insurance professionals with an overview of OFAC and its compliance requirements.

Click here to listen to the webinar in its entirety

Click here for the presentation slides (Power Point)

2013 Federal Insurance Office Report on Modernization of Insurance Regulation

How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States (PDF)

2013 Cancellation Nonrenewal Surplus Lines Exemptions

This 2013 compliance chart by our colleagues at PCI provides a quick reference of the Cancellation/Nonrenewal Provisions in Surplus Lines. The content shows whether surplus lines insurers writing commercial or personal lines policies in a particular jurisdiction are exempt from the cancellation/nonrenewal requirements in the Insurance Code.

2013 State Insurance Department Directory

The 2013 Directory of state insurance departments provides updated contact information for all commissioners as well as the individual units operating within each department. The directory is organized by our colleagues at PCI.

AAMGA Briefing Memo on Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act - November 2013

Briefing Memo (PDF)

PCI Surplus Lines Committee Meeting Materials - November 2013

Meeting Materials (PDF)

AM Best Special Report on the Surplus Lines Market - 2012

Surplus Lines Report (PDF)

AAMGA Written Statement Before US Senate in Support of NARAB II

Testimony in Support of NARAB II

South Carolina Supreme Court Faulty Workmanship Ruling: November 21, 2012

On November 21, 2012, the Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled that the retroactivity portion of a law passed by the state's legislature in 2011 that included property damage resulting from "faulty workmanship" as an insured peril under a CGL policy was, in fact, unconstitutional. The court held: “[w]hile we hold that it is within the legislature's power to statutorily define the meaning of "occurrence," it violates the Contract Clause to apply this new definition retroactively as it substantially impairs pre-existing contracts by materially changing their terms.” The full version of the court's ruling can be viewed by clicking here.

Suplus Lines Law Group Meeting

September 28, 2012
Biloxi, Mississippi

Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Electronic Documents (PDF)

Non-Admitted Insurance Reform Act Implementation

Comments to NAIC on Surplus Lines Reform Implementation (PDF)

Letter to James Donelon (PDF)

Comments to NAIC on Non-Admitted Reform Compact (PDF)

NCSL Letter to State Legislative Leaders on SLIMPACT-Lite


NCSL Resolution in Support of the Surplus Lines Insurance Multistate Compliance Compact

Council of State Governments Summary of Legal Analysis of NIMA Model Agreement (PDF)

U.S. Stamping Offices

The AAMGA is privileged to have each of the state stamping and surplus line service offices as active and contributing members of the Association.

State Stamping Office Contact Information
AZ The Surplus Lines Association of Arizona
CA The Surplus Lines Association of California
CO Surplus Lines Association of Colorado, Inc.
FL Florida Surplus Lines Service Office
ID Surplus Lines Association of Idaho, Inc.
IL Surplus Lines Association of Illinois
MS Mississippi Surplus Lines Association
MT Montana Surplus Lines Association
NV Nevada Surplus Lines Association
NY Excess Line Association of New York
OR Surplus Line Association of Oregon
PA Pennsylvania Surplus Lines Association
TX Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas
UT Surplus Lines Association of Utah
WA Surplus Line Association of Washington

Click here to access the Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge Excess and Surplus Lines Law Manual.

Click here to download a copy of the Regulatory and Legislative Positions of the AAMGA brochure.

Click here to participate on the AAMGA’s Governmental Affairs Committee

State Insurance Departments

Scroll over and click on the individual state names below for the websites of the state insurance departments:

Alabama Hawaii Michigan North Carolina Vermont
Alaska Idaho Minnesota North Dakota Virginia
Arizona Illinois Mississippi Ohio Washington
Arkansas Indiana Missouri Oklahoma West Virginia
California Iowa Montana Oregon Wisconsin
Colorado Kansas Nebraska Pennsylvania Wyoming
Connecticut Kentucky Nevada Rhode Island American Samoa
Delaware Louisiana New Hampshire South Carolina Guam
District of Columbia Maine New Jersey South Dakota N. Mariana Islands
Florida Maryland New Mexico Tennessee Puerto Rico
Georgia Massachusetts New York Texas U.S. Virgin Islands

Members of the 2016-2017 AAMGA Governmental Affairs Committee are:

Board Liaison

Mark Maucere


Joshua Korver, Esq.
The Insurance Center, An Alaskan Corp.


Tom Albrecht
Associated Insurance Administrators, Inc., CMGA

Richard Fidei
Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky,
Abate & Webb, P.A.

Troy Fornof
Endurance U S Insurance

Ronald Gabor
Gabor Insurance Services, Inc.

Gary Hollederer
Russell Bond & Co., Inc., CMGA

Gloria Jimenez
Genesee General

Kristin Jones, CPCU, ASLI
AmWINS Group, Inc.

Fred Karlinsky
Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky,
Abate & Webb, P.A.

James A. Prather
Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith

James A. Roe, CPCU, ASLI

Tony Roehl
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Joe Valenza
Virtue Risk Partners, LLC