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