Cannabis Safe Harbor Passes House as Part of Defense Bill

The Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, a 2021 PIA top priority, passed the U.S. House 316-113 on September 23rd as an amendment to H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), giving it a chance of passing in this Congress. The SAFE Banking Act would protect insurance agents and carriers from federal prosecution for doing business with cannabis-related …

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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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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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House Releases Proposed Coronavirus Relief: Part 5

House Democrats have released a $3 trillion legislative package, which would be Congress’ fifth coronavirus response package. The 1,815-page bill, which was introduced yesterday as H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, would provide states and local governments with nearly $1 trillion that could be used to replace drastic revenue shortfalls. House leadership …

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PIA Releases Legislative Priorities for Advocacy Day

  PIA National has released its 2020 Legislative Priorities in the lead up to PIA Advocacy Day (formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit). PIA members will use the priorities in their meetings with their elected representatives during Advocacy Day. Our full PIA legislative priorities with background on each issue can be found here. Below …

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Member Spotlight: Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Steve Stivers was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010 to represent Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Stivers served in the Ohio state Senate and worked in the private sector promoting economic development and encouraging job creation. Rep. Stivers has also served over 30 years in the …

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PIA Urges Senate Action on Cannabis Safe Harbor Bill

PIA National has been working to advance legislation to protect insurance agents from federal prosecution for doing business with cannabis-related enterprises in states in which such businesses are legal. To that end, PIA helped develop the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana (CLAIM) Act, which would provide a legal safe harbor for independent agents that engage …

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Cannabis Bill Supported by PIA Passes House

PIA National is pleased that the House tonight passed H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act of 2019 in a bipartisan vote of 321 - 103. Please see our press release here.  As reported earlier this week, PIA National has been working to advance legislation that would provide a legal safe harbor for independent agents who engage in …

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Cannabis Bill Backed by PIA Set for House Vote

Throughout the summer, PIA National has been working to advance legislation to protect insurance agents from prosecution for doing business with cannabis-related enterprises in states in which such businesses are legal. In July, the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana (CLAIM) Act was introduced with PIA’s full support. The bill would provide a legal safe harbor for independent …

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