Category Archives: Governmental Affairs

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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Come for the Joe Vincent Management Seminar, Stay for Big “I” Legislative Day

On Tuesday, January 31st, the final day of the Joe Vincent Management Seminar, IIAT members are invited to join IIAT’s Governmental Affairs Team for Big “I” Legislative Day. Please plan to attend for a welcome and briefing session at The … Continue reading

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Texas Judge Blocks New Overtime Rule

As we noted back in May, sweeping new regulations regarding overtime pay were to take effect on December 1, 2016. A federal judge has temporarily blocked the new rule which would have doubled overtime salary thresholds. Texas and 20 other … 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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The Hill Newspaper Names Big ‘I’ Leaders Among Top D.C. Lobbyists

The Hill, a prominent political newspaper, has once again named Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO, and Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external and government affairs, among the top trade association lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Like … 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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Jill Douglas Joins IIAT Governmental Affairs Team

IIAT is pleased to announce that Jill Douglas has joined the association as governmental affairs manager and PAC coordinator. Jill has many contacts in and around the Capitol and has served in various state-wide fundraising positions such as director of … Continue reading

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Big “I” Responds to USA Today Editorial: Don’t Privatize National Flood Insurance

Recently,  USA Today invited the Big“I” to submit the opposing view to an editorial from the paper critical of federal flood insurance, saying it should be privatized. You can read the response published by USA Today and  penned by Bob … Continue reading

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International Insurance Issues Take Center Stage

In a recent article in Independent Agent magazine, Big “I” Federal Government Affairs Counsel Jennifer Webb reported that before leaving Washington, D.C. ahead of the November elections, members of Congress raised concerns about the potential insurance impacts of international regulatory discussions. … Continue reading

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TWIA Agent Bulletin: Flood Insurance Requirement Change

Recently, TWIA and the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) received important feedback about the flood insurance requirements from policyholders and the agent community. The feedback centered on the interpretation of TDI Rule 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §5.4904, that any … Continue reading

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