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San Diego Union-Tribune Endorses Marc Levine for Insurance Commissioner

"[Ricardo Lara] doesn’t deserve a new term. Scandal has dogged him from his days in the Legislature, and he’s only become more synonymous with it while serving in a role requiring ethical stewardship to ensure insurance companies treat all Californians fairly...Levine vows to be an ‘activist insurance commissioner who will stand up against the insurance companies on behalf of Californians to ensure that everyone has access to better, more comprehensive insurance options’...We believe it’s time for new leadership – ethical leadership — in that office.”

Sacramento Bee Editorial: "California needs an insurance commissioner with ethics...[Levine] could restore trust"

"[Ricardo Lara has] an astonishing series of ethical face-plants that, in and of themselves, should disqualify him from reelection...[Levine is] a promising alternative...well versed in many of the issues he would grapple with if elected…Levine has a record of pushing difficult legislation to require transparency...a principle that could help restore confidence in the Insurance Department and give consumers more leverage...[Levine has] a shot at restoring this office to its noble purpose."

RELEASE: Major LGBTQ Newspaper Endorses Marc Levine for Insurance Commissioner

In a major development in the race for Insurance Commissioner, The Bay Area Reporter, an LGBTQ newspaper for the San Francisco Bay Area and the highest circulation LGBTQ newspaper in America has endorsed Marc Levine.

San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: "Ricardo Lara has to go. Vote Marc Levine for California insurance commissioner"

"...we enthusiastically endorse his candidacy....Levine is running on a platform of good governance...He has vowed to mandate more transparency regarding insurance company fossil fuel investments…[which] has the potential to spark nationwide fossil fuel divestment and increased climate transparency for consumers everywhere...Levine deserves your vote."

LA Times Editorial: "Marc Levine for state insurance commissioner"

"Levine stands out from the pack as the candidate who will best look out for consumers and the planet....[Ricardo Lara is] an ethical disaster...horrible for someone whose job is to protect consumers from being overcharged by insurance companies."

San Jose Mercury News Editorial: "Elect Levine to end Lara’s insurance commissioner scandals"

"California needs consumer protection, not partying, dining and cozying up with industry lobbyists and executives...What the state needs is an insurance commissioner…willing to work hard to protect consumers and ensure healthy industry competition and solvency. Levine is the only candidate who meets those criteria..."  

RELEASE: Marc Levine's Legislation to Restore Ethics to the Insurance Commissioner's Office Unanimously Approved By Key Committee

(Sacramento, CA)--Yesterday, the Assembly Elections Committee unanimously approved, in a bipartisan vote, Assemblymember Marc Levine’s legislation, AB 1783, which would require anyone paid to influence mergers and acquisitions of domestic insurance companies or health care service plans to register with the State as a lobbyist and comply with State lobbyist reporting and disclosure requirements required by law. AB 1783 would close a loophole that until now has allowed a person to avoid lobbying rules and regulations in California. 

L.A. Times Editorial: "Government emails are public records. Deleting them too quickly is not OK"

Assembly Bill 2370 would make clear that all state records, including email, must be retained for at least two years. Its author, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae), is running for insurance commissioner this year... it would advance government transparency and serve the public interest. We urge the Legislature to continue advancing the bill.

Press Democrat Editorial: "Deleting government emails leaves the public in the dark"

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has introduced a bill that would require state agencies to retain records for at least two years. That’s how long the law already requires cities and counties to do so.

RELEASE: Marc Levine's Legislation Protecting Access to Public Documents Unanimously Passes Critical Committee

Levine’s legislation was necessitated by incumbent Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s attempts in late 2021 to make it official Department of Insurance protocol to automatically delete Department emails after 180 days unless archived manually.