Proponents of federal insurance regulation have moved one step further toward their goal. Two bills have been introduced in Congress that would establish a new federal agency to charter insurance companies choosing to bypass the cumbersome state-by-state system.In December, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) proposed the National Insurance Chartering and Supervision Act. Then, in February, U.S. Representative John LaFalce (D-N.Y.) introduced the Insurance Industry Modernization and Consumer Protection Act. Both bills respond to lobbying from banking and insurance groups that want a simplified regulatory structure for licensing insurance companies.

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