Hudgens says HB 87 bogs down insurance license renewals

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has become the latest state official to note the effect of red tape generated by H.B. 87, Georgia’s 2011 measure to address illegal immigration.

The following note from Hudgens has been posted on the agency’s website:

Due to recent legislative changes involving the Citizenship verification that is now required for all licensees at renewal, renewal processing in Georgia is backlogged and behind schedule.

Please know that the Department and its vendor are working diligently to ensure all renewals are processed before December 31st.

However if there are renewals that have been submitted and not processed by December 31st – the Department will continue processing these renewals until all have been updated.

We are asking Insurers and companies to be patient as the delay in a licensee being able to provide a copy of their new license card is not necessarily their fault at this point due to this time delay with renewal processing.

If you have submitted your renewal and payment but have not submitted your Citizen Affidavit and ID – please upload via our website: http://www.oci.ga.gov/iform/

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has noted the turmoil the illegal immigration bill has caused within his professional licensing operations, and intends to ask the Legislature to address the problem this year. A fix supported by immigration activists failed last year.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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87 comments Add your comment

Georgian

December 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

Repeal HB87.

Just Saying..

December 27th, 2012
1:27 pm

Knee-jerk bill kicks back…

Ostrich Racer

December 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

If only someone had warned them . . . .

Cherokee

December 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

‘bogs down insurance license renewals’

Of course it does. It also makes food more expensive, drives farmers in South GA to financial ruin, and increases the costs of doing business in Georgia. So we all pay more.

But it won’t matter – when Georgia Republicans are able to stick it to brown people, they’re gonna do it. And many Georgians will continue to vote for them.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

Aahhh, yes, we finally, finally!, get a government regulation that the liberals are against.

Nah, the EPA hasn’t bogged anything down.

And I know what the answer is – throw open the border, knock down the fences and givem all licenses. And a “free” car too.

Intown

December 27th, 2012
1:46 pm

Argh, the scourge of hard-working law abiding potential new citizens must be stopped! Give me your tired, your poor … ah never mind.

Kris

December 27th, 2012
1:57 pm

I would be willing to bet that when Blanks new stadium (paid for by taxpayers) for his loosing team begins the immigration laws will be relaxed i Atlanta and the same come crop harvesting time.

Road Scholar

December 27th, 2012
2:07 pm

Repubs can’t even manage a one car funeral !!!!!!!!!! Don’t worry, they can’t manage the drivers accident database also!

Will

December 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

Republicans think that their message regarding immigration is sound, it’s just the delivery of the message that caused Hispanics to dump them in November. Sounds like repubs are going to continue to tell Hispanics to go to hell but will now smile when doing so. Yeah, that will fix the “delivery” problem!

Of course, immigration is not even the reason Hispanics have abandoned repubs – the reason is the hated “show us your papers” state law. Repubs are stuck with this popular wedge issue legislation (popular with the older white men who vote for repubs) and now the nation as a whole has turned on this type of legislation.

What’s that old saying, “careful what you wish for, you may get it”!!!

Buckhead Boy

December 27th, 2012
2:54 pm

The bad news for Republicans is that 50,000 legal Latinos turn eighteen every month in the US. The worse news for them is that about the same number of their most dependable voting block dies of old age every month. Reactionary politics is not a growth industry.

td

December 27th, 2012
2:56 pm

Will

December 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

If giving amnesty and citizenship to illegals and having open borders means the loss of Hispanic votes then so be it.

The IC just has to work harder to make sure the illegals do not receive anymore taxpayer money.

JD

December 27th, 2012
2:59 pm

there td goes again…another racist statement.

I am so happy I am not a Republican. Racism is not the ‘in’ thing and as long as bigots like td continue to hold the GOP hostage my party will fair better in national elections.

td

December 27th, 2012
3:05 pm

JD

December 27th, 2012
2:59 pm

What do you not understand about “Illegal”? I do not care if they are white, black, hispanic or Asian (my wife is a legal Asian immigrant). If anyone is here illegally then they need to go back to their country of origin and get in the back of the line.

We have a way for people to come to this country legally and you do not hear me or any other conservative wanting to stop people coming here using LEGAL means.

Attack Dog

December 27th, 2012
3:05 pm

What is so funny is that Dixiecans get caught more than illegal immigrants. Just like they used to exploit Blacks for lower wages, they now blame IE’s while criticizing Unions. Makes perfectly good sense doesn’t?

JD

December 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

the use of the word ‘illegal’ to refer to undocumented immigrants is racist.

You do not call murderers or rapists illegals…do you.

Exador

December 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

How does this bog down the licensing process? You don’t have citizenship, get out of line. You don’t get a license. I would think this would free up the resources for those WITH citizenship.
Or does it bog down licensing for illegals? I bet it does. Good.

follow the money

December 27th, 2012
3:18 pm

As an insurance agent, I have gone through the process and it really wasn’t that bad. Instead of doing yearly renewals, we will now renew once every two years. This will be better. The dept. of insurance is struggling because they are a government bureaucracy. The HB is the excuse of the day to cover for their lack of efficiency. It really was quite easy to upload a photo id and the notarized affadavit of citizenship. Other than those two items, the process was the same as it is every year.

Running

December 27th, 2012
3:20 pm

Did td and his mail order have a good Christmas?

Cutty

December 27th, 2012
3:27 pm

Exador, it bogs down the process because every U.S. citizen and legal immigrant has to complete the affidavit and provide ID to renew their license or obtain any defined public benefit. Don’t know any doctors, insurance salesmen, and the like that are undocumented.

td

December 27th, 2012
3:34 pm

JD

December 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

the use of the word ‘illegal’ to refer to undocumented immigrants is racist.

Pure BS. Undocumented has the connotation that all these poor souls did was not have their paperwork in order and nothing could be further from the truth. These people came to this country illegally or refused to leave when their visa said they should so they created an illegal act. Illegal= broke the law.

NoWingedAngel

December 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

I wonder what Republicans will do when Texas, Arizona, and Georgia all become swing-states by 2024 due to Latino children coming of age and registering to vote.

If Republicans lose Texas, they lose. Period.

white, southern, businessman

December 27th, 2012
3:57 pm

I know I get tired of having to get a notarized copy of a paper every year for my business license to prove that during the last 12 months, I did not suddenly become an illegal immigrant. Republicans pro-business – yeah, right. Just more paper work and another trip out of my office so I can prove I haven’t suddenly become Mexican.

Running

December 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

td

Cry all you like. It is about supply and demand. If US companies continue to hire illegals, they will continue to come to the US.

carol

December 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

The minute this bill was brought up I thought it was nothing more than another stupid, unneccessary law. I have renewed my license online twice. So explain to me why it was ok to allow me to drive for 8 years sight unseen? Now suddenly I have to provide all kinds of documents and stand in line (and don’t forget the new higher costs) for the same document you authorized via computer for years.

Michael

December 27th, 2012
4:04 pm

I refuse to acknowledge that my dragging, Georgian knuckles hurt.

East Lake Ira

December 27th, 2012
4:04 pm

I see bigots.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 27th, 2012
4:17 pm

Conservatives know that illegal immigration is a liability on State and Federal budgets. We are well aware that illegal immigrants compete with citizens for already scarce resources like school, health care and jobs. We can clearly see the rise of crime and the decline of communities that are predominant in their illegal immigrant population.

And for this, we get called “racist” by the simple minded.

Isn’t America great?

Kris

December 27th, 2012
4:26 pm

carol “”The minute this bill was brought up I thought it was nothing more than another stupid, unnecessary law”"”

I agree, now when I renew my license I will show the same Birth certificate I used when I turned 16 and will have to show the brilliant DMV folks my passport which I obtained by showing them my Birth certificate and Drivers license…..Ga LAW what a mindless joke…

Good riddance to the GOP and shady Deal in 2014.

honested

December 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

Old Dead Ancient Greek Guy,

Conservatives are a figment of modern reality.
Better defined ‘old loudmouthed white men who carry an air of importance but accept no responsibility for their massive failure of governance from 2001-2008′.

Agreed?

curious

December 27th, 2012
4:38 pm

The majority of people complaining about the difficulty of license renewal are probably republicans anyway. They asked for it, now they got it.

Slugworth

December 27th, 2012
4:43 pm

They were warned repeatedly and could have passed this law without creating such red tape and bureaucratic morass on legal citizens and businesses. D.A. King would have none of it and his legislative lackeys fell in line, lock step, calling anyone that questioned his wisdom a coddler and sympathizer of illegals. Seems they do want to grow government to comply and don’t mind being made fools in the process, despite their small government talk.

Luny

December 27th, 2012
4:48 pm

JD – i get the overwhelming sense that you have no idea what the actual definition of “racism” is. It’s people like you that have made the word meaningless. Anytime someone doesn’t agree with you, just call ‘em a racist…

southern hope

December 27th, 2012
4:54 pm

Cherokee at 1:33 pm — I try to keep an open mind but you nailed it. So so true.

mark

December 27th, 2012
5:27 pm

Being a licensed insurance agent for the last 15 years the process was not an issue, people that wait to the last minute or people not following directions are the problem. I am not sure why legal residence of this country are against legislation in trying to enforce laws on the books. While illegal immigration is mostly in the Hispanic community there other nationalities and even “white” people that try and come to this country illegal every year. They should not be allowed to stay here illegally, of course it dose not benefit them financially to become legal and to be sure business in this country exploit the problem as well, but the bottom line is if every illegal where to apply for work visas and not cross over the boarder illegally then the problem would be solved. People should respect other nations laws, even if they disagree with them.

td

December 27th, 2012
5:31 pm

If you own a old gun and want to keep it after the Dems get their law passed then you are going to have to get fingerprinted and the world will know what and how many guns you own. If you do not go through the process then you are a criminal. Also, if you have a handgun that is capable of having more the 10 rounds then you will have to give it up.

http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/assault-weapons

After you register your gun then you have to risk a liberal newspaper letting the world know where you live and what guns you own.

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_22267602/map-handgun-owners-published-new-york-newspaper

honested

December 27th, 2012
5:32 pm

mark,

I have to agree with you on that.

Auntie Christ

December 27th, 2012
5:35 pm

The normal consequence of being governed by a party whose motto is ‘ready, shoot, aim.’

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 27th, 2012
6:13 pm

The normal consequence of being governed by a party whose motto is ‘ready, aim, spend.’

Auntie Christ

December 27th, 2012
6:27 pm

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, thank you, thank you very much.

Laurie

December 27th, 2012
7:06 pm

The new law may create some headaches now, but once everyone submits the required paperwork once, they won’t have to do it again. I think it’s worth it now, cause it will ensure more of our tax dollars will be used for citizens and people legally in the country.

chuck

December 27th, 2012
7:12 pm

They worked out the delays with the new requirements for drivers licenses they can do it again. Do not repeal the law.

chuck

December 27th, 2012
7:12 pm

They worked out the delays with the new requirements for drivers licenses they can do it again. Do not repeal the law.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

December 27th, 2012
7:15 pm

No problem, I enjoy helping out the lame and feeble.

double

December 27th, 2012
7:29 pm

Guns should be treated as automobiles.Registered licensed,taxed,then you will know whos owns them and will be responsible for their use.Also we should give the illegals an Obamaphone to go with their free car.

Mr. Dithers

December 27th, 2012
7:35 pm

Is there an epidemic of illegal insurance agents out there? I know people want to come to this country any way they can, but to be an insurance agent? Really?

123

December 27th, 2012
7:41 pm

“No problem, I enjoy helping out the lame and feeble.”

You must really be into self assistance. That is good to know

South Georgia Retiree

December 27th, 2012
7:58 pm

Leave it to legislators and the governor to gum up the works. They’ve passed many, many laws over the years that had to be fixed later because no one listened when opponents warned them of dire consequences. As long as the current crop of politicians run state government, expect more of the same. Shame, shame.

Mr. Dithers

December 27th, 2012
8:08 pm

The current crop of GOP legislators and officials are incapable of feeling the emotion of shame.

Kris

December 27th, 2012
8:48 pm

Mr. Dithers “”The current crop of GOP legislators and officials are incapable of feeling the emotion of shame.”" Well said!

However they are incapable resisting a payoff…

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December 27th, 2012
8:53 pm

GA lawmakers: ready, fire, aim