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WASHINGTON–Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., suggested at a committee hearing today that legislation he supports to repeal the anti-trust exemption for insurers could be modified to exempt small carriers.

The lawmaker, speaking at a session of the Senate Commerce Committee, said his bill to end insurers’ limited anti-trust exemption under the McCarran-Ferguson Act could provide a “safe harbor” from anti-trust laws for small insurers with $2 billion or less of insurance in place.

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