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Iowa Lawmakers Back Measure Protecting Cities from Sledding Claims

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate. It passed in the House last week. …

Arkansas Bill Would Prevent Claim Denial for Damage by Stolen Vehicle

A bill to be considered by the Arkansas Senate today would prevent auto insurers from denying a claim for damage caused by a stolen vehicle even if “a valid police report of the theft of vehicle has not been filed.” …

Lawmakers Likely to Try Again to Reform Michigan’s No-Fault System

Michigan has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country and auto insurance rate hikes there were higher than those in any other state over the past two years, according to the insurance consulting firm, Perr&Knight. Some see …

Arkansas Senate OKs Plan to Create New Agency to Regulate Title Insurance

The Arkansas Senate is backing a proposal to set up a new commission that would supervise the title insurance business. The body approved Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson’s bill on a 20-11 vote on March 17. The bill had failed the day before …

Iowa House Panel OKs Car Insurance Tracking Bill

People in Iowa with outdated car insurance would be monitored by a private company for compliance under a bill approved by a House panel. Members of a Ways and Means subcommittee approved the bill before sending it to a full …

Missouri Senate Backs Caps on Medical Malpractice Jury Awards

The Missouri Senate has moved forward a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic awards in medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors or hospitals. The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to limits on noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, in medical …

Ohio Measure Would Allow Workers’ Comp for Police PTSD

Ohio’s emergency responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if they don’t have physical injuries under proposed legislation a state Senate panel is considering. It would apply to police and other peace officers, …

Illinois Lawmaker Wants Prison Time for Distracted Drivers in Fatal Crashes

Fatal crashes caused by illegal cellphone use should carry penalties similar to those imposed on drunk drivers who kill, a suburban lawmaker says. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that Rep. Robert Marwick wants aggravated use of an electronic communication …

Texas Lawmaker Files Insurance Department Transparency Bill

A bill filed by state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, would require the Texas Department of Insurance to post on its website information regarding insurance rates of every residential property and personal auto insurer in the state, including details and …

Oklahoma Treasurer: Insurance Bills ‘Shameful’

State Treasurer Ken Miller says two bills that would keep his office from linking Oklahoma residents with rightful life insurance proceeds are “shameful” and vowed to sue the state if one of the measures becomes law. Miller, a Republican who …