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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 …

Indiana Governor Signs Bill Repealing Construction Minimum Wage Law

Local boards will no longer set minimum wages for public construction projects in Indiana under a law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence. The bill will eliminate the boards that set what is known as the common construction wage that …

Bill Legalizing Lyft, Uber in Nebraska Closer to Passage

New rules that would let Lyft, Uber and other ride-hailing companies operate legally in Nebraska have advanced to a final vote in the Legislature. Lawmakers gave the measure second-round approval on May 5. The bill by Sen. Heath Mello of …

Uber Pulls Out of Kansas After Senate Imposes Stricter Regulations

Ride-hailing service Uber said it ceased operations in Kansas after the state legislature decided to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that will impose stricter regulations on ride-hailing services. Uber said the bill makes it impossible for it …

Colorado Lawmakers Agree on School Violence Liability Bill

Legislation to make Colorado public schools legally liable for student safety awaits the governor’s signature. The state House and Senate agreed Monday on final language in the bill to allow public schools to be sued for negligence in cases of …

Texas Bill Preventing Cities from Banning Oil Drilling Sent to Governor

Texas cities would no longer be able to ban oil and gas companies from drilling inside municipal limits under a bill lawmakers sent to Governor Greg Abbott. Final passage of the legislation in the state Senate is a win for …