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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Commissioner Spotlight: South Carolina Director Ray Farmer

In the latest entry in our Commissioner Spotlight series, we are focusing on the head of the South Carolina Department of Insurance (SCDOI), Director Ray Farmer. Dir. Farmer served as vice president of the American Insurance Association (AIA, now APCIA), a trade association for insurance carriers. He spent the early part of his regulatory career as …

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Senate Approves Bill that Includes NFIP Extension Until Sept. 2021

This evening, the U.S. Senate voted to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 11, 2020 by a vote of 84-10. This follows action from the House, which cleared the measure on September 22.  In a key win for PIA members, the bill includes an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until next year, …

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House Passes Flood Insurance Program Extension to Sept. 2021

The U.S. House voted 359-57 tonight to pass the continuing resolution (CR) legislation to fund the federal government to December 11th. As reported earlier today, the bill includes an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until next year, to September 30th, 2021. The program is set to expire next week on September 30th.  The vote on the CR …

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House Bill Would Extend Flood Program Until Sept. 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider a continuing resolution (CR) this week to fund the federal government until December 11. A vote could come as soon as today. Authority to fund the federal government runs out on Sept. 30, unless Congress acts.  Notable for PIA members is the inclusion in the CR of a short-term …

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PIA Urges Funding for Flood Mapping Program

PIA National is actively engaged on numerous COVID-19-related legislative initiatives; at the same time, we continue to advocate on many other issues important to PIA members. As such, last week, we were pleased to sign on to a coalition letter urging congressional appropriators to provide strong funding for the Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program …

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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. Kathy Castor (D-FL)

Kathy Castor was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2006 to represent Florida’s 14th Congressional District, which includes Tampa and parts of Hillsborough County. Before her election to Congress, Rep. Castor served as a Hillsborough County Commissioner and an attorney. Rep. Castor is a graduate of Emory University and Florida State University …

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Senate Passes Cadillac Tax Repeal and Flood, TRIA Extensions

Two days after the House passed a government funding package (H.R. 1865), the Senate followed by a vote of 71-23.  The measure includes three of PIA National’s top policy priorities: an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until September 30, 2020; the permanent repeal of the Cadillac Tax; and an extension of the terrorism …

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