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Oklahoma Lawmaker: Small Businesses Back Asset Forfeiture Reform

An Oklahoma state lawmaker has filed a bill that would reform Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture law, an effort he says is supported by small businesses in the state. In May 2015, Sen. Kyle D. Loveless (R-Oklahoma City) filed Senate Bill …

Bill Would Clarify South Dakota’s Workers’ Comp Law

A bill introduced in the South Dakota House would clarify state law on when part-time employees injured on the job should also receive workers’ compensation benefits for their other part-time positions. The proposed legislation stems from a 2015 state Supreme …

Arizona Lawmaker Wants Another Cut to Insurance Company Taxes

One of the top Republican leaders in the Arizona House wants to accelerate cuts to insurance company taxes that were included in a bill he sponsored. Majority Whip David Livingston of Peoria has filed a bill for the upcoming session …

Wisconsin Assembly Set to Pass Self-Insurance Oversight Bill

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee would have to approve any contract moving Wisconsin public workers into a self-insurance model under a bill up for approval in the state Assembly. The measure being debated on Nov. 16 comes as Gov. Scott Walker’s …

TDI Posts Summary of Bills Affecting Property/Casualty Insurers

The Texas Department of Insurance has produced a summary of various bills passed by the Texas Legislature this year that impact property/casualty insurance companies. Many but not all of the following were effective Sept. 1: House Bills HB 1733   Auto Liability …

Windstorm Insurance Bill Stirs Lively Debate in Texas House

Differences of opinion on the never-ending problem of what to do about property insurance along the coast had lawmakers from coastal areas pitted against inland representatives in the waning days of the Texas legislative session. Sides were drawn in a …

Rideshare Insurance Bill Sent to Louisiana Governor

Drivers for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft will have to carry hefty insurance policies, under a bill headed to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk. Rideshare services, or transportation network companies (TNCs), connect contract drivers, who frequently use their personal …

New Law in Oklahoma Sets Requirements for Public Adjusters

Oklahoma’s governor has signed legislation proposed by the state insurance department that specifies certain required and prohibited actions of public adjusters. According to Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak, Senate Bill 439, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin aims to protect Oklahoma storm …

Farm, Ranch Tourism Liability Bill Advances in Nebraska

Farmers and ranchers who open their property to tourists could be shielded from certain lawsuits under a bill advancing by Nebraska lawmakers. Senators gave the proposal first-round approval with a 33-1 vote. Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala said he introduced …

Governor Signs Missouri Medical Malpractice Damage Caps into Law

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure capping some damage awards in medical malpractices cases, three years after the state’s Supreme Court struck down similar limits as unconstitutional. “This bipartisan legislation protects patients by making sure that significant financial restitution …