GOP Wins Control of House; Senate Stays Democratic 

More than a week after Election Day, last night House Republicans reached the 218 seats needed to control the chamber next Congress. There are still seven uncalled House races as of this writing. What is clear is that the Republicans will have a narrow majority of fewer than 10 seats. A narrow majority can make …

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PIA Action Alert: Ask Congress to Provide Inflation Relief for Crop Agents

The agricultural economy has experienced extraordinary volatility over the past few years, and it has been worsened by the pandemic, which caused additional instability across economic sectors. During this time of unprecedented upheaval for producers, independent insurance agents have helped guide producers through the process of purchasing crop insurance to ensure they have the protection …

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Outcomes of Key Races Remain Unclear, House and Senate Majorities Uncertain

After months of campaigning, the midterm congressional and state elections concluded yesterday. At the federal level, all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats were up for grabs, with the outcome to determine who will control Congress for the next two years. At the time of this posting on Wednesday morning, the …

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Member Spotlight: Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS)

Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) was elected to the United States Senate in 2020. He previously served two terms in the House. Prior to his career in politics, Sen. Marshall practiced medicine for more than 25 years and served in the Army Reserves for seven years. During his time in medicine, he was a business owner of …

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Flood Insurance Regulatory Update

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent insurance agents deeply focused on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may already know that, on October 1, the most recently published version of the Flood Insurance Manual took effect. FEMA also recently solicited feedback on the use of Elevation Certificates and Floodproofing Certificates by communities participating in the …

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FIO Issues Notice of its Plan to Collect Climate Risk Data

The Federal Insurance Office (FIO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) announcing its plan to collect current and historical data from property and casualty insurers to assist FIO in its efforts to assess climate-related risk. This action was foreshadowed by FIO’s email during the summer to insurance regulators in all 50 states, asking …

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PIA Asks Senate to Reject ENABLERS

Recently, PIA joined a coalition of trade associations in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing our opposition to the Establishing New Authorities for Business Laundering and Enabling Risks to Security (ENABLERS) Act, which passed the House as part of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act …

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PIA Kentucky Advocates on Flood Issues

Members of the PIA of Kentucky met last week with members of their Congressional delegation on a number of issues related to the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). PIA of Kentucky members urged their policymakers to pass a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP that includes necessary reforms, as set forth in PIA’s …

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House Passes NFIP Extension

The House this afternoon passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 16, 2022 by a vote of 230-201. An extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), set to expire tonight, Friday, September 30 at 11:59pm, was included in the bill. The Senate passed the bill earlier this week. The CR …

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