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La. Insurance Commissioner Debate (2019)

The Press Club



Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-09-16

Duration: 00:53:02

Subjects: Louisiana. Insurance Department | DONELON, JIM | Insurance Industry | BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Politics | Elections, 2019 | Television debates


  • Engster, Jim Moderator
  • Donelon, Jim Speaker
  • Temple, Tim Speaker


Jim Engster moderates a debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club on September 16, 2019, between the two candidates for Louisiana Insurance Commissioner, Commissioner Jim Donelon (R) and Tim Temple (R). The debate begins with each candidate’s opening statement. Members of the press then ask the candidates questions on the following topics: how much an insurance commissioner can impact insurance rates; whether tort reform can lower insurance rates; auto insurance providers determining rates based on factors other than driving; the department’s involvement with health insurance; uninsured drivers; Louisiana’s high auto insurance rates; business insurance; mandates for private insurers; reaching out to voters from other political parties; accepting campaign contributions from the insurance industry; flood insurance rates; and the abolition of the widows penalty on auto insurance. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.