Commissioner Poizner Criticized By Director of Office of Administrative Law Over His Filing of Lawsuit Concerning Iran "Underground" Regulations


In response to news that, on November 9, 2010, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner filed a lawsuit against the California Office of Administrative Law's (OAL) over the OAL's rejection of the Commissioner's rules relating to insurers' investments in companies that do business with Iran, OAL Director Susan Lapsley issued a press release later that same day indicating:

Our office is authorized by law to scrutinize rules that have been challenged as ‘underground regulations’ (regulations and rules that state agencies issue or use that have not been properly adopted pursuant to the [Administrative Procedures Act]…The Commissioner did not follow that required process but rather simply imposed new rules unilaterally without any public input or comment. This is exactly the type of action the APA is designed to prevent.”

As readers to this blog know, the OAL issued a Determination on October 11, 2010, in which it concluded that the rules Commissioner Poizner unilaterally imposed upon insurers in February 2010, regarding the treatment of their investments in companies that do business with Iran, should have been promulgated pursuant to the APA.

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