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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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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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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FIO Repeal Bill Introduced in Senate

PIA has long led the effort to repeal the Federal Insurance Office (FIO). On March 2nd, the “Federal Insurance Office Abolishment Act of 2021" (S. 524) was reintroduced with our strong support. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and cosponsored by senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY). …

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PIA Priority, Permanent Tax Relief for Passthrough Entities, Introduced

On February 25, Reps. Jason Smith (R-MO) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced the “Main Street Tax Certainty Act of 2021,”(H.R. 1381/S.480) a bill that would make the current 20 percent tax deduction available to passthrough entities permanent. PIA strongly supports this legislation and is working with a coalition of business …

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PIA Asks Congress, Admin to Reject Efforts to Cut Crop Insurance

Along with a coalition of allies, PIA sent joint letters this week to Congress and the administration urging them to protect crop insurance from funding cuts in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget and appropriations process. The letters were addressed to recently-confirmed  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the leaders of the House and Senate Budget …

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