published Monday, February 21st, 2011

Georgia insurance chief’s final actions questioned

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ATLANTA — Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine issued himself several licenses to sell insurance and adjust claims in his last full day in office, according to a newspaper report.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that Oxendine used his authority as insurance commissioner to waive requirements to take mandatory classes or licensing tests that apply to other Georgians seeking to sell insurance.

Oxendine left office in January after 16 years. He told the newspaper last week that he had enough experience regulating the industry and helping to write insurance law to qualify for the licenses.

But state lawmakers accused the former commissioner of abusing his power, and his successor Ralph Hudgens said he used “very, very bad judgment” in granting himself the licenses.

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