Author Archives: Lee Loftis, Government Affairs

TDI Hearing on IIAT Request to Extend Work Comp Experience Modifier Deadline

The Texas Department of Insurance will hold a public hearing on a petition IIAT filed to extend the expiration date of negotiated experience modifiers in the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) Experience Rating Plan Manual for Workers Compensation and Employers … Continue reading

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David Maurstad Chats NFIP with Big “I”

Recently, the Big “I” sat down for a Facebook Live interview with David Maurstad, who now oversees the NFIP. Reauthorization of the NFIP is an important priority for the Big “I” and was a top issue at the association’s Legislative … Continue reading

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Address Big ‘I’

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) will address Big “I” members during the Big “I” annual Legislative Conference Breakfast on Thursday, April 19, which occurs just prior to the annual Big “I” day on Capitol Hill. Every year, agents … Continue reading

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Register Online for the Big “I” 2018 Legislative Conference

Register now to attend the Big “I” Legislative Conference, to take place April 18-20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to speak to their federal legislators with a unified voice. Early-bird registration pricing ends Friday, … Continue reading

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Tax Reform: What Independent Agents Need to Know

The Big “I” recently distributed a summary of the provisions of the new tax reform law that are most likely to impact IIAT and Big “I” members. The document is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis of all provisions … Continue reading

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The Hill Newspaper Names Big ‘I’ Leaders Among Top D.C. Lobbyists

The Hill, a leading political newspaper, has named Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO, and Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry and government affairs, among the top trade association lobbyists in Washington, D.C. The Hill … Continue reading

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Texas House Speaker Straus Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

Earlier today, Speaker Joe Straus announced that he will not be running for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives at the end of his term, and therefore, will not return as Speaker of the House. In a statement announcing his decision, … Continue reading

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Gov. Abbott appoints Kent Sullivan as Commissioner of Insurance

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the appointment of Kent Sullivan to the position of Texas Commissioner of Insurance. The appointment is for a term set to expire February 1, 2019. Commissioner Sullivan most recently held the position of Partner at the Jackson … Continue reading

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TWIA Reports Funding Available for Weather Events

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) has announced its available funds in the event of a catastrophic weather event in Texas. TWIA has secured $4.9 billion in total funding for 2017. This includes $147 million that has been contributed to … Continue reading

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Texans for Lawsuit Reform Issue Statement on Final Senate Passage of HB 1774

Texans for Lawsuit Reform issued the following statement regarding the final Senate passage of House Bill 1774, the consumer protection bill to stop rampant weather-related lawsuit abuse: “The Texas Senate has sent a strong message to storm-chasing lawyers who exploit … Continue reading

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