Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is following through with a commitment his office made last month to solve the issue of farmers losing wildfire coverage.
On Tuesday Lara (above) directed insurance companies to provide data about the availability of commercial insurance for businesses, according to the California Farm Bureau. The request includes farms, ranches, timber harvesting operations, wineries, cotton gins and other agricultural businesses.
“Commissioner Lara’s action should help us determine the breadth and depth of the problem,” said Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson. “We believe the commissioner’s action will help us move toward a long-term solution.”
A Senate bill offering a potential fix to the problem gained unanimous support in committee last week and is now on the Senate floor.