Members of PIA Northeast Advocate for NFIP Reforms

This week, the PIA of New Jersey, PIA of New Hampshire and PIA of Connecticut met with their respective congressional offices as part of PIA’s 2022 series of year-round, state-specific advocacy events that offer agents the chance to meet with federal policymakers on the issues that matter most to them. Throughout the year, PIA members from across …

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Conference Committee Next Step for Cannabis Safe Harbor

In February, the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, the passage of which is one of PIA’s top legislative priorities, passed the House of Representatives after being included in the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act of 2022, a bill that aims to improve American competitiveness by increasing domestic …

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Member Spotlight: Rep. French Hill (R-AR)

French Hill was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2014 to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Arkansas. Before he was elected to Congress, Rep. Hill worked as a commercial banker and investment manager for two decades. He also served during the administration of President George H.W. Bush in positions including Deputy Assistant …

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NFA Conference, Note on Statutory Caps, & Upcoming Trainings: A Flood Roundup

PIA recently joined the National Flood Association (NFA), and, late last month, Lauren Pachman, PIA’s Counsel & Director of Regulatory Affairs, represented PIA at the NFA’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event assembled experts across all aspects of flood insurance for a two-and-a-half-day conference, where attendees learned not only from the specialists lined up …

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PIA North Carolina Touts State Regulation of Insurance

Members of the PIA of North Carolina held meetings this week with their congressional delegation as part of PIA’s 2022 Advocacy Days. In their meetings, the PIA of North Carolina highlighted the importance of the state insurance regulatory system and urged their elected representatives to cosponsor legislation to repeal the Federal Insurance Office (FIO). PIA supports …

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PIA Virginia Urges Repeal of Federal Insurance Office

Members of the PIA of Virginia held meetings this week with their congressional delegation as part of PIA’s 2022 Advocacy Day. In their meetings, the PIA of Virginia explained to their elected representatives why the state insurance regulatory system is successful and why a major threat to that system – the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) -- …

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No Cuts to Crop Insurance in Budget Request for Second Straight Year

The Biden administration released its fiscal year 2023 (FY23) budget request on March 28. The budget request includes $31.13 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for the next fiscal year, $2.6 billion more than fiscal year 2022 levels, according to the department. Most notably for PIA, for the second year in …

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PIA Texas Advocates for 2022 Priorities

This week, members of the PIA Texas met with the offices of their congressional delegation as part of PIA’s 2022 Advocacy Day. In their meetings, the PIA Texas members drew lawmakers’ attention to several of PIA’s 2022 Issues of Focus: the dangers of federal regulatory overreach into the insurance industry and the need to repeal the Federal …

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PIA Supports Bill to Create Transparency in RR 2.0 Rates

PIA strongly supports the Flood Insurance Pricing Transparency Act, a bill introduced this week by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).   FEMA recently updated the risk rating methodology it uses to price flood insurance premiums for policies issued by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The new methodology, known as Risk Rating (RR) …

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PIA Joins Call to Reopen Capitol Hill to the Public

This week, PIA joined 250 organizations and individuals in the advocacy profession to urge House and Senate leadership to reopen the Capitol office buildings to the public. The request was organized by the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics (NILE), an organization representing professionals in lobbying, public policy, and government affairs. NILE has been leading …

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