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Oklahoma Lawmaker Proposes Changes to Personal, Corporate Income Taxes

Oklahoma State Rep. Jason Dunnington has filed legislation that he says would generate more than $500 million in recurring revenue. Oklahoma is facing severe budget constraints, partly due to reduced energy industry activity in the state. Dunnington’s proposed measure would …

Regulators: Texas Workers’ Comp Attorney Fees Go Up Jan. 30

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) reported that the maximum hourly rates that may be charged by attorneys and legal assistants in the workers’ compensation system will increase effective Jan. 30, 2017. As of Jan. 30, …

Oklahoma Commissioner Touts Microinsurance, Other Ideas for Health Law Reform

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak says microinsurance, the ability to sell health coverage across state lines and increased use of health savings accounts are ideas that should be looked at as lawmakers move forward with the repeal of the …

Arkansas Commissioner Tapped for NAIC Committee Leadership Post

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr has been named vice-chairman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). In a statement released by the Arkansas Insurance Department, Kerr said he is “honored …

Arkansas Judge OKs $29.1M Payout in Cigarette Lawsuit

More than 21,000 Marlboro Lights smokers and their attorneys will receive a portion of $29.1 million from a lawsuit settlement fund approved by an Arkansas judge. A Pulaski County Circuit judge approved the payment on Jan. 17 from the $45 million …

Oklahoman Must Pay Back $525K for Embezzling Clients’ Insurance Money

A former Norman, Okla., attorney has been ordered to pay more than $525,000 in restitution to former clients and the federal government for fraud. The Norman Transcript reports Dane Thomas Wilson pleaded guilty in February 2016 to using wire fraud …

Oklahoma Company Fined More than $535K for Safety, Health Violations

An Oklahoma truck bed manufacturer was cited by federal safety officials for putting workers at risk and fined more than $500,000 after investigators identified multiple safety and health violations at the company’s workplace. A complaint of unsafe working conditions led U.S. …

Nored Named to Head Legal Division at Texas Insurance Department

Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has selected Michael Nored to head the Legal Division at the Texas Department of Insurance. Nored replaces Stan Strickland, a 21-year veteran of the agency who is leaving at the end of the month to …

Severe Storms Cause Damage Across Texas

A powerful storm system unleashed strong winds and torrential rains across much of Texas over night on Sunday, knocking out power, damaging homes and flooding streets. Authorities say at least 30 homes were damaged when the storm rolled through parts of North …

Judge Dismisses Biggest Civil Case in Austin Music Fest Crash

A judge has dismissed the largest civil case that had been brought against South by Southwest, the city of Austin and others from victims of a 2014 crash during the music festival that killed four people and injured 20. The …

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