Chicago – With the extension of TRIA at the close of 2007, one legislative issue that had divided the insurance industry was put to rest. Yet, another equally divisive legislative issue remains unsettled and may well come to the fore this year. While the National Insurance Act of 2007 was, like its predecessor in 2006, unable to make it out of committee, the issue of an optional federal charter for insurers appears to be as alive as ever.

Evidence of these differing opinions was in ample supply in December at a panel session held during the annual meeting of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS).

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