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California Insurance Commissioner Sponsored Bills Signed into Law in 2014

During the 2014 legislative session California Gov. Jerry Brown signed nine bills sponsored by the California Department of Insurance and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. A bill that adds protections for small businesses has already taken effect and five other consumer …

Lava Sets House Ablaze in Hawaii Town

A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has seen the slow-moving flow approach for months. The molten rock hit the house just before noon, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense Director …

Hawaii Town Rebuilt After Lava Flow

Ten miles from the Hawaii town of Pahoa that is being menaced by a stream of lava from Kilauea volcano, there’s another community that was almost entirely swallowed by the molten rock nearly 30 years ago. Today, a few dozen …

Colorado Whitewater Outfitter Insurance Lowered

The amount of insurance required for whitewater boating outfitters at Dinosaur National Monument, Colo. has been lowered. The National Park Service raised alarms last year when it announced changes that included increasing Dinosaur outfitters’ general liability insurance requirement from $1 …

Novato, Insurer Others Settle Suit Over California Girl Killed By SUV

The city of Novato and other defendants have settled a lawsuit by the family of a 12-year-old California girl who was struck and killed by a SUV while riding her bicycle home from school two years ago. The Marin Independent …

Oregon Commish Says ‘Sharing Economy’ Creates Insurance Challenges

Typical insurance policies won’t cover people participating in the “sharing economy” by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregon’s insurance commissioner is warning. The state’s insurance regulator had previously stayed quiet about the ways …

Washington Insurance Judge Untruthful In Case, Inspector Says

An independent investigator says the state insurance office’s top administrative-law judge was misleading and untruthful when it came to a high-profile insurance case that ultimately led to her suspension in May. Patricia Petersen had alleged that the insurance commissioner Chief …

Climate Change Bottom-Line Talk Grows, S&P Director Says

Companies and governments worldwide are changing their behaviors and examining their risks in the face of climate change, a managing director for Standard & Poor’s said as he held up the insurance industry as a good example of how to …

SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho

Overland Park, Kan.-based SeaFire Insurance Services is seeking new agency partners in Oregon and Idaho for its auto dealer and repair insurance program. SeaFire will consider appointments for retail insurance agencies with scale, brand, resources and auto dealer expertise. Agents can …

Insurance Cheaper for This Year’s Reno Air Race

Organizers of the Reno National Championship Air Races say they plan more of a festival atmosphere at 51st competition at Reno Stead Airport in September. The Reno Air Racing Association said in an open letter to its fans on Tuesday …