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Oklahoma Senate Proposal Tackles Uninsured Drivers with DUIs

Oklahoma Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation to address the state’s high number of uninsured motorists especially those with DUI convictions. Senate Bill 260 would require an individual convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to have valid auto insurance on file …

Nebraska to Consider Residential Carbon Monoxide Detector Mandate

An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in homes and apartments. A bill set for a legislative hearing on Jan.29 would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require …

Oklahoma Bill Targets Texting While Driving

Oklahoma Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation banning the use of cell phones or other handheld devices to text, email or call while driving in his state. Senate Bill 67 would make it a misdemeanor to use a handheld device …

Illinois Rideshare Bills Vetoed; Insurance Groups Urge Override

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing companies, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Quinn said he vetoed House Bill 4075, also known as the “Uber bill,” because it would …

Louisiana Flood Authority Challenges Law Blocking ‘Big Oil’ Lawsuit

A south Louisiana flood authority is fighting a new state law aimed at retroactively killing a lawsuit filed last year over coastal damage attributed to oil and gas drilling. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East argues in federal court papers …

Texas Bill Would Delay New Rules on Storing Hazardous Chemicals

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Aug.5 by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. The …

16 Laid Off at Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Commission

Oklahoma’s Workers’ Compensation Commission has laid off 16 employees as the organization transitions from a court-based system to an administrative one. Commission Executive Director Rick Farmer confirmed the layoffs but declined to identify the employees. The July 9 layoffs bring …

‘Drafting Error’ Leads to Veto of Missouri Health Insurance Navigator Bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would have limited who could work in the state as a health insurance guide and blamed a national conservative group for injecting an error into the model legislation. The vetoed bill would have …

New Wisconsin Law Aims to Protect Against ‘Storm Chasers’

There’s a new state law that aims to protect homeowners against unscrupulous contractors who offer to repair the sort of storm damage that occurred last week in southern Wisconsin. The law’s provisions seem to protect insurance companies as much as …

Michigan Bill Limiting Lawsuits Against Insurers Awaits Governor’s Signature

A bill approved by Michigan Legislature that further limits certain consumer lawsuits against insurance companies under the state’s Consumer Protection Act has been sent to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. The issue addressed by HB 5558 “is whether a consumer …