Member Spotlight: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)

Emanuel Cleaver was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 to represent Missouri’s 5th Congressional District . Before he was elected to Congress, Rep. Cleaver served for 12 years on the city council in Kansas City. He also was elected mayor of Kansas City in 1991 and served in that role for two …

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Cannabis Safe Harbor, PIA Top Priority, Passes House

The Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, H.R. 1996, a PIA top priority, passed the U.S. House this evening by a vote of 321-101. The SAFE Banking Act would protect insurance agents and carriers from federal prosecution for doing business with cannabis-related enterprises in states in which such businesses are legal. The bill also makes …

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PIA Releases 2021 Issues of Focus for Advocacy Day

PIA has released its 2021 Issues of Focus in preparation for its upcoming Advocacy Day, formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit (FLS). PIA members will highlight these issues during their meetings with their elected representatives on Advocacy Day. PIA deploys its grassroots advocacy resources throughout the year on countless issues of importance to independent insurance agents. …

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NFIP Risk Rating 2.0 Released

On April 1, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) unveiled changes, commonly referred to as Risk Rating 2.0, to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Risk Rating 2.0 is meant to provide more specific, accurate information about the flood risk associated with properties covered by the NFIP. Materials released by FEMA show that Risk Rating …

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Employment Status of Independent Agents Threatened

On March 9, the U.S. House passed H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, mostly along party lines, as expected. The PRO Act’s intention is to reform current labor law in a variety of areas. For PIA members, the bill’s most significant provision would amend the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. …

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Senate Sends PPP Extension to White House

On March 25, by a vote of 92-7, the Senate passed H.R. 1799, the PPP Extension Act of 2021, which would extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application deadline to May 31, 2021. The House previously passed the bill on March 16 by a vote of 415-3. PIA supports this bipartisan legislation and, along …

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PIA Supports Cannabis Safe Harbor Legislation

PIA has been advocating to protect insurance agents from federal prosecution for doing business with cannabis-related enterprises in states in which such businesses are legal. Nearly every state has legalized cannabis to some degree. That said, PIA does not take a position on the legalization of cannabis and views this issue strictly a matter of …

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PPP Extension Act Passes House

On the evening of March 16, the U.S. House passed H.R. 1799, the PPP Extension Act of 2021, by a vote of 415-3. PIA supports this bipartisan legislation and has been advocating for its passage, along with a broad coalition of business groups, which would extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) beyond its current expiration …

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PIA Supports PPP Extension Bill

PIA is working with a large coalition of business groups to support legislation that would extend the timeframe in which small businesses can apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and in which the Small Business Administration (SBA) may process the applications. The push to pass the PPP Extension Act of 2021 is led by …

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