Category Archives: Governmental Affairs

Big ‘I’ Applauds House Financial Services Committee for Flood Reauthorization

The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) thanks the House Financial Services Committee for passing a measure to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years. “The Big ‘I’ applauds the committee for voting … Continue reading

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Big ‘I’ Statement on NFIP Reauthorization

Last week, The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) released the following statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry & government affairs, on the Congressional reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance … Continue reading

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2019 Legislative Update: Tracking the Bills that Matter to Your Business

It was a busy week at the Capitol for IIAT’s Government Affairs team. The House Insurance Committee met and there are a couple of notable updates. SB 590, which is our Senate version of the Commercial Change Notification bill, was … Continue reading

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2019 Legislative Update: Tracking the Bills that Matter to Your Business

IIAT’s Governmental Affairs team has been busy reviewing the 7,000-plus bills that were filed prior to the Texas Legislature’s bill filing deadline of March 8, 2019. While insurance-related bills have not been the focus of the 86th Legislative Session, a … Continue reading

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NFIP Reverses Mid-Term Cancellation Policy

On Monday, FEMA issued a bulletin stating that consumers cannot receive a refund for unearned premiums if they cancel a NFIP policy mid-term in favor of a private policy. The Big “I” is disappointed by this news but will continue to pursue … Continue reading

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Make an IMPACT: Invest in a Cause Committed to Your Livelihood

Fundraising for IMPACT, IIAT’s state political action committee (PAC), is underway! Why is IMPACT important to you, your business and your clients? IMPACT funds work to support business-minded candidates and elected officials whose decision-making directly affects the overall independent insurance … Continue reading

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Political Clout: How Main Street Agent Groups Stack Up

Political clout in Washington, D.C. is largely measured by political (PAC) fundraising, grassroots strength, and relationships with elected officials. The Big “I” has proven itself unparalleled when it comes to representing main street independent insurance agents in these areas. Year-end … Continue reading

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Congress Passes Farm Bill

Last week, Congress approved a five-year Farm Bill, which President Trump has indicated he intends to sign. The bill passed with strong support in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with votes of 87-13 and 369-47, respectively. Earlier … Continue reading

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Big “I” VP Analyzes Possible Impacts of Election on P&C Insurance

Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president for external, industry & government affairs recently talked to Insurance Journal about what the mid-term elections could mean to you. Kicking off the discussion, Symington described the new landscape where each party has claimed some … Continue reading

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2018 Election Results – “The Beto Effect”

With the 2018 elections behind us, we can now begin to assess what we should learn from the results. Although Beto O’Rourke was not successful in knocking off Sen. Ted Cruz, the excitement created by his candidacy, along with straight … Continue reading

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