The battle lines began to take shape last week over legislation to create a federal insurance “information office” within the Treasury Department, in what promises to be a tough fight over what might be the first step toward an optional federal charter.

The first shots were fired in a statement by the president of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, Rhode Island State Rep. Brian Kennedy, D-Hopkinton, voicing “concern” with the Insurance Information Act of 2008.

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