Rep. Bill Sandifer has been selected to chair the Natural Disaster Insurance Legislation committee for the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL).

NCOIL is an organization composed of legislators from around the nation. The group works to educate state legislators on insurance issues, help state legislators from different states interact with each other, improve the quality of insurance regulation, and speak out on Congressional initiatives that encroach upon states’ rights in overseeing insurance. Many legislators active in NCOIL either chair or are members of the committees responsible for insurance in their respective state houses across the country.

Sandifer was appointed to the chairmanship by New Mexico Senator Carroll Leavell who recently became NCOIL president. Sandifer chairs the S.C. House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, which reviews all insurance-related legislation in South Carolina.

“I am thrilled to take on this leadership position, which gives South Carolina a seat at the table in creating national insurance policy and protecting states’ rights,” Sandifer said. “From healthcare reform to Dodd-Frank Act’s financial services regulatory overhaul, I believe we are seeing a federal government that’s increasingly intrusive at the expense of state authority. I think legislators must be prepared to address the regulations coming out of Washington and to determine what is best at the state level. I look forward to working with NCOIL to help states know and protect their rights.”

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