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Last month, a popular reform to grant the California Insurance Commission the power to review and regulate proposed insurance rate hikes died a quick death in the state Senate. Although the bill, Assemblyman Mike Feuer’s (D)AB 52, passed the Assembly and the Senate Health Committee, the legislation was put into suspension — meaning state senators took the bill out of consideration without a recorded vote. The California health insurance companies, as well as other health care industries, made AB 52 a top priority for defeat.