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California Small Business Advocate Produces 2nd List of ‘Good, Bad & Ugly Bills’

With a California Legislative deadline looming, a business advocate is calling attention to bills that he believes owners and managers of small businesses should take note of in his second annual list of “Good, Bad & Ugly Bills.” Any bill …

Insurer Group: Illinois Workers’ Comp Bills Would Disrupt Private Market

Two pieces of legislation recently passed by the Illinois House would harm the workers’ compensation system in the state, a national insurer group says. American Insurance Association (AIA) said HB 2525 would require insurers to submit rates to the Illinois …

Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Health Insurance Sales Across State Lines

The Oklahoma House Insurance Committee has passed a bill that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines. Senate Bill 478, by state Rep. Lewis Moore and Bill Brown of the Senate, will allow the Oklahoma Insurance Department …

Iowa Legislative Session: War on Workers or Tough Budget Choices?

With Republicans in control of state government, Iowa union leaders approached this legislative session with apprehension, but say they never envisioned lawmakers would approve such dramatic changes to laws governing worker rights and pay. GOP legislators, with support from Republican …

Texas Governor Calls for Legislation to Rein in Hailstorm Litigation

In his state of the state address, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave a boost to the insurance industry’s effort to get legislation passed that would place limits on post-hailstorm litigation. Calling lawsuits against insurers following hailstorms “the newest form of …

New Law Lets Louisiana Drivers Repay Auto Insurance Fines in Installments

Louisiana drivers struggling to pay unpaid fines from lapsed car insurance coverage can now find some relief. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced the governor has signed a bill to authorize driver payment plans to repay the state Office of …

Michigan Auto Repair Bill Passed Without Original Parts Requirement

The state Senate has given final approval to a bill that would affect auto parts at Michigan repair shops. The Senate approved the House version of the legislation. It’s now headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk without a requirement that …

Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Closer to Passage in Ohio

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has squeaked through a critical Senate panel over opposition of some Republicans and Democrats. The Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee’s 7-to-5 vote sets the stage for probable passage of the bill …

Louisiana Drivers Seek Relief from Lawmakers for Insurance Lapse Fines

State lawmakers hope to offer relief to thousands of Louisiana drivers who collectively owe millions of dollars to the Office of Motor Vehicles in unpaid fines from lapsed insurance coverage. It’s not clear yet what form that relief might take, …

House Approves Louisiana Medical Marijuana Program Expansion

Medical marijuana advocates have won a significant victory in their efforts to jumpstart Louisiana’s medical marijuana program. The House voted 62-31 to expand the program to cover more diseases and to make regulatory changes aimed at getting medicinal-grade pot into …