The Council ensures its members’ voices are heard in the corridors of power – in Washington, DC, the nation’s statehouses and regulatory bodies around the world.
Preserving Your Rights
The Council works hard to preserve your right to respond to changing business atmospheres and not have your business relationships dictated by regulators.
Uniform Producer Licensing
The Council-initiated National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (NARAB) law highlighted the need for producer licensure reform almost a decade ago. Now we need to finish the job by creating a national licensing clearinghouse, with a single, high standard of professional conduct. State barriers to nonresident licensure are intolerable and do little to protect consumers. Enactment of NARAB II will force needed change. More >
Employer-Provided Health Care
During the health care reform debate in the 111th Congress, The Council strongly opposed many sweeping proposals that threatened employer-provided group health insurance and the role of benefits brokers. We were largely successful in our parochial efforts of protecting the role of our members, but continue to battle government regulations that could erode employer-driven health products that are negotiated by Council members on behalf of millions of employees. With implementation of the health care reform legislation underway, we will continue to fight for the employer-provided marketplace and secure reforms that build upon the private marketplace. More >
Surplus Lines Laws
In July 2010, The Council-initiated surplus lines provisions of the House-passed Non-admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act were signed into law as part of the larger financial regulatory overhaul included in the Dodd-Frank Act. The law is designed to simplify regulations governing the surplus lines insurance market by consolidating regulatory oversight into the home state of the insured. More >
Federal Regulatory Reform
The Council is a strong and respected voice in the halls of Congress on all insurance regulatory reform issues. As Congress prepares to radically restructure the oversight of the financial services industry generally, The Council will fight to enact provisions that uphold the basic "promise to pay" to our clients, while complementing a regulatory regime that is out of step with the interstate and global marketplace. The Council’s voice of reason – and in opposition to the forces of state-by-state protectionism – will be heard on these issues.
Following its first legal victory on the unconstitutionality of countersignature laws in Florida in 2003, The Council successfully challenged every remaining countersignature statute on the books in the United States. More >
Guidance On New Regulatory Actions
The Council takes pride in getting important information into your hands fast. Visit our Council Alerts page for the latest updates.
The Council remains the only producer association to move beyond parochial state and national interests by working on critical international issues. Learn more in the International section or visit Council Global Connection.
Making Your Voice Heard
Council members gather in Washington every February at the Legislative Leadership Summit to meet one-on-one with key lawmakers and address policy issues that affect our industry. We play a major role in congressional campaigns, via CouncilPAC, by supporting incumbents and challengers who supported The Council’s legislative agenda. More >