Author Archives: Lee Loftis, Government Affairs

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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Statement on the Passing of Insurance Commissioner David Mattax

It is with deep sorrow that we share the sad news that Commissioner Mattax passed away Thursday, April 13. The Commissioner was diagnosed with lung cancer late last year. TDI reported that he was very grateful for the messages he … Continue reading

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New Proof of Declination of Coverage Form Added to TWIA.org

A new Proof of Declination of Coverage form was recently added to TWIA.org. Agents can use this new form for each TWIA application submitted to document the information required and be in compliance with TWIA requirements. Please visit the TWIA Declination … Continue reading

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IIABA’s Big “I” Legislative Conference Coming in May

After you attend IIAT’s Big “I Legislative Day, Jan. 31 at the Joe Vincent Management Seminar, you’ll want to make plans to attend the national Big “I” Legislative Conference, May 3-5 in Washington, D.C. No doubt, there is a sea … Continue reading

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How Will the Election Results Impact Agent Issues?

By the Big “I Governmental Affairs Staff The outcome of the 2016 election has created a significant shift in power in Washington, D.C., with the prospect of major legislation impacting independent insurance agents in the years to come. For the … Continue reading

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2017 Key IIAT Legislative Issues – 85th on the Horizon

With less than three months remaining until the start of session, IIAT has been meeting with key legislators and staff to discuss the independent insurance industry’s legislative agenda.  Key legislative issues for next session include: Hail Litigation Reform IIAT supports … Continue reading

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