Washington–A member of a House panel scored insurancecommissioners for a lack of speed and uniformity in their reactionto Hurricane Katrina and other storms yesterday during a hearing onmarketplace issues related to catastrophes.

The criticism came from Rep. Richard Baker, R-La., who chairsthe House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets,Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises.

The informal session was called to examine the catastropheeffects on the insurance marketplace and insurers' response to it.Insurance regulators from the storm-battered states of Florida,Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas were on hand.

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