Advocacy is one of the primary benefits of membership with the South Carolina Big "I." Insurance is such a heavily regulated industry that at any given time there are a number of issues being discussed in any number of places that could have a serious impact on your business.
Our leaders and committees work with state legislators, insurance regulatory commissions, national industry organizations and insurance company executives to address certain issues and concerns so that you can focus on running your business.
However, there are many aspects to our Advocacy program:
Industry relations - we have many corporate associate members who have invested in our association because they believe in the independent insurance agency system and want to further its progress into the 21st century. Our contacts in the industry also help us at the State House and speak at our events.
Government Affairs - IIABSC has a respective and effective government and industry relations program, which has been instrumental in the recent tort and workers compensation reforms. We offer our members regular legislative reports while the General Assembly is in session. We organize two annual trips of our members to call upon representatives at the state and federal capitols to demonstrate the grassroots support that the Big "I" enjoys.
State Legislators - links to the SC General Assembly web site as well as the Governor's office.
Federal Legislators - links to the United States Congress and contact information for the SC delegation in Congress.
Insurance Regulation - links to the SC Department of Insurance, Insurance Code of Laws as well as information on Privacy Regulation, SC Coastal Issues and Workers Compensation reform.
Action Alerts - while we have a great team working day in and day out to represent you while you focus on running your business, sometimes it is necessary to demonstrate just how many people in SC make their livelihoods through the industry. Sometimes the best advocate for policy is the constituent. In those few cases we urge our membership to contact their legislators and ask them to make a decision on their behalf. Our government affairs program would not be successful without it. We even have a few tools to simplify the process for our members.
Political Action Committee - InsurPAC (national) and IIABSC PAC (state) contributions are used to maintain communications with State legislators and are exclusively funded by Big "I" membership. The goal for both is to help elect candidates and re-elect legislators who share our business philosophy. Our government affairs program would not be successful without it.
Government Resources Links