Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee Investigating the Insurance Rates in Texas:
An Inventory of House of Representatives Committee Investigating the Insurance Rates in Texas Records at the Texas State Archives, 1939
House Simple Resolution 292, introduced on May 24, 1939 during the 46th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, provided for a committee of five representatives to make a study of the Texas Board of Insurance Commissioners rate making procedure. The Texas House of Representatives Committee Investigating the Insurance Rates in Texas was instructed to report its findings to the next session of the legislature.
Committee meetings were held July 24 and 25, and September 18 and 19, 1939. Another meeting to examine county representatives and officials was scheduled for July 26, although no record of that meeting appears to exist. Hearings were held July 24 through 26, and on August 14 and 15, 1939.
During the course of the investigation, two Board of Insurance Commissioners and a Texas Department of Insurance rater gave testimony. The board was requested to submit a breakdown of the premium dollar, item by item, on fire, casualty, and compensation insurance. The board was also asked to evaluate Senate Bill 135 and House Bill 95 of the 46th Legislature and estimate their effect on the present law. Others giving testimony were the actuary and the chief engineer of the State Fire Insurance Department, the Fire Marshal and Chief of the Inspection Department of the City of Tyler, two representatives of the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas, a statistical insurance business owner, and an insurance consumer.
The committee's report, if one was completed, does not appear in the House Journal for either the 46th or the 47th Legislature and is not among the committee's files. A rate ceiling bill, House Bill 60, was introduced during the 47th Legislature, Regular Session, and was sponsored by Representatives James M. Heflin and DeWitt Kinard of the investigating committee.
(Sources include: the guide survey created for these records, and the records themselves.)
The Texas House of Representatives Committee Investigating the Insurance Rates in Texas was created during the 46th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 1939 to make a study of the Texas Board of Insurance Commissioners rate making procedure and to report its findings to the next session of the legislature. Records of the committee are copies of its meeting minutes and correspondence, exhibits and briefs submitted to the committee during its investigation, and testimony taken at the committee's hearings, all dating 1939.
The records are divided into two volumes, each with a prefatory index. The first volume contains the committee's meeting minutes and correspondence; exhibits provided by the Texas Department of Insurance Fire Insurance Division and private insurance companies; briefs from State Fire Insurance Commissioner Marvin Hall, Casualty Insurance Commissioner R.G. Waters, and a fact-finding committee of the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas; and a listing of premium elements for automobile bodily injury, property damage, and workmen's compensation. The second volume consists solely of witness testimony taken at the committee's hearings in July and August 1939. Witness testimony taken on July 24 was not transcribed, although a synopsis is included in the meeting minutes for that date in the first volume.
A final committee meeting to draft a preliminary report was scheduled for October 30, 1939, though no minutes of that meeting, or the report, are among the committee's files.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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Accession number: 1983/048
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by an unknown agency during the 20th century. An accession number was assigned on November 2, 1982.
Guide survey information compiled by Michael Green, November 1982
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project by Rebecca Romanchuk, May 2012
Detailed Description of the Records