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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 …

Oklahoma Autism Insurance Bill Sent to Governor for Signature

Legislation that requires health insurers to cover the treatment of children with autism has received final legislative approval in the Oklahoma House. The House voted 65-26 for House Bill 2962 and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature. …

Oklahoma Law Limits Fines for Failure to Show Proof of Auto Insurance

Legislation now signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will keep some motorists with insurance from receiving a fine when they fail to carry their insurance verification form. House Bill 2473, by state Rep. Ken Walker, would remove the …

Road Rules Would Ease for Farm Equipment Under Nebraska Bill

Tractors, combines and fertilizer spreaders would have a little more freedom on Nebraska’s roadways under a bill that has won first-round approval from lawmakers. Senators advanced a bill, 39-0, that would relax weight and load restrictions for farm equipment on …

By a Big Margin, Oklahoma House Passes Insurance Mandate for Autism Coverage

Legislation that would require health insurers to cover autism treatment for children has been overwhelmingly approved by the Oklahoma House. By a vote of 76-20, House members passed House Bill 2962 following an emotional debate between the parents of autistic children …

Measure Increasing Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Cap Moves Forward

Medical malpractice victims would be able to receive more compensation under a measure an Indiana House committee approved on Feb. 29 that would update the payment cap for the first time in nearly 18 years. The bill, which passed the …

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 …