The State Auditor’s office is prohibited from investigating the Insurance Commission without a request from the governor, the attorney general or a joint request from the Senate Pro Tem and House Speaker.
“The appearance of the Insurance Commission’s frivolous spending and expansion of authority is tarnishing the image of that office,” Coates said. “This is particularly true when it comes to the hundreds of thousands the agency has spent on motivational books, chamber memberships, uniforms, media equipment for PSAs featuring Doak himself, weapons, catering, fast food, restaurants and lapel pins, among other things.
“Other agencies don’t spend money on these things, so why is the Insurance Commission? If the agency has so much money to blow, perhaps they should lower fees for businesses and also stop accepting any funding from the legislature.”